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William Safire: Follow the money
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/04/21/nyt.safire/index.html ^ | April 21, 2003 | William Safire

Posted on 04/21/2003 5:15:37 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:02:25 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Why do you suppose France and Russia nations that for years urged the lifting of sanctions on oil production of Saddam's Iraq are now preventing an end to those U.N. sanctions on free Iraq?

Iraqis now desperately need all that the country's oil production can buy. But Jacques Chirac cares little about reconstruction of basic services; he is more concerned about maintaining U.N. control that is, French veto control of Iraq's oil.


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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chirac; moneytrail; oilforfood; putin; williamsafire
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1 posted on 04/21/2003 5:15:37 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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2 posted on 04/21/2003 5:16:44 PM PDT by happydogdesign
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To: Cultural Jihad
We should go ahead and sell what we want, when we want. After all, there's no way the Axis of Weasels can pass a Security Council resolution that would declare us in violation of the Iraq sanctions.
3 posted on 04/21/2003 5:18:56 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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Ka-boom! All alleged Iraqi international debts need to be collected from the Saddam Hussein household, and not from Iraq.

4 posted on 04/21/2003 5:20:38 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
... Then follow the money ...
No. Cherche la femme. Or in this case, la weasel.
5 posted on 04/21/2003 5:27:55 PM PDT by Asclepius (to the barricades)
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To: Cultural Jihad
We do not need UN approval to buy Iraqi output ourselves? The downside? We have to tolerate those who will say, "See, I told you it was all about oil."

The upside? We stick it up the UNs nose and let them know that we finance them and not the other way around.

In fact, I'd subtract one dollar of remaining US support to the UN for every dollar of Iraqi reconstruction that we have to buy.

In fact, we don't need UN approval for anything.
6 posted on 04/21/2003 5:28:35 PM PDT by RockBassCreek
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To: Cultural Jihad
These nations be accursed for their greed in the face of humanitarian need. Their words and deeds put the lie to all that the U.N. claims to stand for in their lofty founding documents.

These are not leaders, they are small men with small minds, and no hearts and no vision. While they wag their fingers at the U.S. and call us land-pirates, we find they have already held the future of the true landowners (the Iraqi people) hostage to their buried treasure of oil.

7 posted on 04/21/2003 5:34:04 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Cultural Jihad; Grampa Dave; Miss Marple; MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; Sabertooth; Shermy
What other money trails need to be followed? Few doubt that vast Iraqi assets have been secretly transferred out of the country for years, and especially in the prewar months. This is done through cut-outs, phony foundations, numbered accounts, intelligence proprietaries, leveraged currency speculation through proxies in unregulated hedge funds and a hundred other financial devices. Taken together, Saddam's huge haul is now terrorism's central bank account.

Very nicely tied to Mad Ivan's bribe threads.

8 posted on 04/21/2003 5:36:17 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Specter gets it...

"Sophisticated international blackmail" is what Senator Arlen Specter called it

9 posted on 04/21/2003 5:38:12 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: anniegetyourgun
A few weeks back I posted an article from last fall's WSJ suggesting that the UN might be holding $10 or $20 billion in oil-for-food money and refused to make an accounting. A few days ago an article suggested that it might be as much as $40 billion.

It's definitely time to take the gloves off and end this corruption.
10 posted on 04/21/2003 5:38:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Colin Powell apparently believes that Chirac's new fondness for sanctions could tie up Iraqi oil production with litigation for years. His advice to President Bush is to pay the ransom but nibble away at the sanctions with limited resolutions. I think we should confront the extortion scheme head on and let Chirac use his veto to isolate France further.

Powell can't be that dumb, can he? He still wants the medals and acclaim of a tour of France after he leaves office?

The Iraqis should be protesting at the Palestine Hotel, where the media is, every day, demanding that the UN go, return funds its holding, and have a fully disclosed audit of the program. Should claim that France are babykillers, harming hospitals, and acting like colonialists.

11 posted on 04/21/2003 5:42:45 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Cicero
It's definitely time to take the gloves off and end this corruption.

And the UN should disclose the program, and where the money is. It's up to papers like the WSJ to push this. They have business savvy, and the lefties have no interest in exposing the UN.

12 posted on 04/21/2003 5:45:17 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Cicero
I look forward..but with small hope that there will be an accounting.
13 posted on 04/21/2003 5:45:34 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Cultural Jihad
" Sophisticated international blackmail' is what Senator Arlen Specter called it yesterday."

I happened to hear him say that yesterday. It was an interesting way of putting it.

14 posted on 04/21/2003 5:46:23 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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15 posted on 04/21/2003 5:49:19 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Great op/ed by Safire as usual, BTW.
16 posted on 04/21/2003 5:50:59 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
...you mean THIS ONE? Or THIS ONE?

This should hit the U.S. networks tonight. Some people will begin to sweat bullets. One of these stories contains a link to another story that states that there are boxes labeled "United States," "Security Council," and "France" that are full of papers to be translated. This is going to be fun.

17 posted on 04/21/2003 5:51:39 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Cultural Jihad
Where now are the Europhiles, the apologists for the U.N., the Molly Ivans' of the world, saying "We should listen to France" (she actually wrote an op-ed piece with that title).

Frauds and thieves, all of them!

18 posted on 04/21/2003 5:52:47 PM PDT by THX 1138
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To: Cultural Jihad; BOBTHENAILER
Excellent find and post.

Speaking of following the money, please go to this post by Ivan to really follow the money from Soddomite to a MP in the UK.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/897567/posts

George Galloway, the Labour backbencher, received money from Saddam Hussein's regime, taking a slice of oil earnings worth at least £375,000 a year, according to Iraqi intelligence documents found by The Daily Telegraph in Baghdad.

A confidential memorandum sent to Saddam by his spy chief said that Mr Galloway asked an agent of the Mukhabarat secret service for a greater cut of Iraq's exports under the oil for food programme.

He also said that Mr Galloway was profiting from food contracts and sought "exceptional" business deals. Mr Galloway has always denied receiving any financial assistance from Baghdad.
19 posted on 04/21/2003 5:54:45 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Billthedrill; Grampa Dave
One of these stories contains a link to another story that states that there are boxes labeled "United States," "Security Council," and "France" that are full of papers to be translated. This is going to be fun.

I was talking about the second of your two, hut they're both great. I'm gonna have to check out the one about the boxes with the cute labels.

You are right. THIS SHIITE IS ABOUT TO START HITTING THE FAN!!!!!

And man is it ever gonna be FUN. I don't think I'll ever get tired of saying I TOLD YOU SO.

20 posted on 04/21/2003 6:14:29 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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