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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.