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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


The NY Times reports Chevron is going to admit that it should have known they assisted Sadam Hussein in cheating the United Nation’s Oil for Food program. The program was a humanitarian effort to ease the suffering of the Iraqi people due to UN Security Council sanctions imposed in the early 1990’s. Hussein, in what has been called, “… the biggest scandal in world history,” was diverting funds from the sale of oil under this program to support his military, for personal gain and possibly to terrorist groups. Clearly anyone involved in this should be held to account.

Secretary of State, Condelezza Rice, sat on the board of directors at Chevron from 1991 through 2001. Chevron now admits that it should have known in August of 2000 that it was assisting Hussein circumvent UN sanctions. So Madam Secretary, you have some nerve when you said just last week:

But we certainly know now that the sanctions weren't working, that in fact, Saddam Hussein was making a mockery of the oil- for-food program. We certainly know that now from the multiple investigations of the oil-for-food program.

Sec. Rice, interview on CNN, 4/29/07

Yeah, we certainly know now, but you most assuredly knew then. Exactly who is making a mockery of what?

occams hatchet, has the more in depth and sarcastic post at DailyKos.

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