"There is more to American politics than fat cats and their political friends. There are serious-minded liberals who fight the good fight on many issues, ecologically oriented politicians who remain true to their cause, and honest people of every political stripe who are not beholden to any wealthy people. But there are not enough of them, and they are often worn down by the constant pressure from lobbyists, lawyers and conventional politicians. The Powers That Be..." G. William Domhoff
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Why the U.N. has fallen off the right-wing radar
Why hasn't the right, i.e. Fox News, AM hate radio, or the Washinton Times been cheerleading the Oil-for-Food scandal?
Other then playing defense against charges of corruption, the quigmire in Iraq, compromising national security, and letting almost an entire city be drowned while trading e-mails about the latest fashion trends; it turns out that the Bush Mafia and other assorted good fellas are up to their necks in it.
The Quiet Oil-for-Food Scandal
The Committee found that at least two companies in the Carlyle Group had contracts -- and paid surcharges -- under the program. Petroplus, through its Dutch subsidiary, had two contracts to purchase oil worth almost $80 million dollars. It's listed as an underlying financier of contracts worth $44 million. Petroplus had $150,0000 in "surcharges" levied for the sales, but apparently never actually paid the bribes, which are listed as "outstanding."
Another firm in the Carlyle Group, Rexnord Industries, sold Iraq a half-million dollars worth of spare parts, for which it paid the regime bribes of around $50,000 dollars. Rexnord is based in Milwaukee, but the transactions were channeled through its Belgian subsidiary.
George W. Bush left the Board of Carlyle years ago, but his father George H. W. Bush was on it until 2003, after the OFF program ended. The family's "fixer," James Baker, still serves on the company's board, as do Colin Powell and a veritable who's who of former officials from several administrations. A number of Clinton-era officials, as well as one of John Kerry's top foreign policy advisors, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, also sit on Carlyle's board.
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- Franklin D. Roosevelt