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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 10:29 PM
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78. Bush-Cheney crony got Iraq oil deal
Thank you, lynettebro440. Here's what we're talking about:

Bush-Cheney crony got Iraq oil deal

by Jason Leopold
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jul 8, 2008, 00:26

Ray Hunt, the Texas oilman who landed a controversial oil production deal with Iraqs Kurdistan regional government, has enjoyed close political and business ties with Vice President Dick Cheney dating back a decade -- and to the Bush family since the 1970s.

Despite those longstanding connections -- and Hunts work for George W. Bush as a member of the Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) -- the Bush administration expressed surprise when Hunt Oil signed the agreement last September.

At that time, administration officials said Hunt Oils deal with the Kurds jeopardized delicate negotiations among competing Iraqi sects and regions for sharing oil revenues, talks seen as vital for achieving national reconciliation.

I know nothing about the deal, President Bush said. To the extent that it does undermine the ability for the government to come up with an oil revenue sharing plan that unifies the country, obviously, if it undermines it, Im concerned.

However, on July 2, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released documents showing that senior administration officials were aware that Hunt was negotiating with the Kurdistan government and even offered him encouragement.

Hunt also personally alerted Bushs PFIAB about his oil companys confidential contacts with Kurdish representatives.


Documents obtained by the Committee indicate that contrary to the denials of Administration officials, advisors to the President and officials in the State and Commerce Departments knew about Hunt Oils interest in the Kurdish region months before the contract was executed.


Gee. We the People need computers just to track the criminality of the Bush White House, they create it so fast.
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