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The REAL reason we did not have more support in Iraq........
By:  UberTroll (Flame Warriors; 2119)
Posted on: 09-24-2004 23:52.
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Some highlights from the article:

Some investigators believe the vouchers allowed Iraqi oil to be bought at below-market prices, and later could quickly be converted to hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, in cash. That wasn't the intent of the Oil-for-Food program, which was created in late 1996 to allow Iraqi oil to be sold so that the nation could buy humanitarian goods.

Among the names on it: a British Member of Parliament, the president of a Canadian oil company and the children of political leaders in the Middle East and AsiaThe most sensational entry, however, was a single word: "Sevan." It suggested that "Sevan" may have received more than $3 million.

"Sevan" is also the last name of Benon Sevan (search), the man picked in 1997 by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to run the Oil-for-Food program at a salary of $186,000 a year.

In fact, the Al Mada list contains numerous names from two Security Council countries that opposed Operation Iraqi Freedom: Russia and France.

From Russia alone, there are 46 entries on the Al Mada list — including scores of Kremlin ministries and the Russian Orthodox Church. Among the dozen or so French names listed: at least one senior government official close to French President Jacques Chirac

Between January 1997 and February 2001 alone, French companies listed in the database sold more than $2.9 billion worth of goods to Iraq. Russian companies got almost $2.6 billion and Chinese firms received nearly $1.9 billion. Sales from the United States and the United Kingdom amounted to $376 million.

Russia, France and China are permanent members of the Security Council and all opposed U.S. and British efforts to topple Saddam before the second Gulf War.

Really?

UT



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,133371,00.html



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