"I'm shocked! Shocked to find out..."<br><br>[i]Saddam paid off French leaders<br><br>By Bill Gertz<br>THE WASHINGTON TIMES<br><br><br>Saddam Hussein used a U.N. humanitarian program to pay $1.78 billion to French government officials, businessmen and journalists in a bid to have sanctions removed and U.S. policies opposed, according to a CIA report made public yesterday. <br>╩╩╩╩The cash was part of $10.9 billion secretly skimmed from the U.N. oil-for-food program, which was used by Iraq to buy military goods, according to a 1,000-page report by the CIA-led Iraqi Survey Group. <br>╩╩╩╩According to a section of the report on Iraqi weapons procurement, the survey group identified long-standing ties between Saddam and the French government. One 1992 Iraqi intelligence service report revealed that Iraq's ambassador to France paid $1 million to the French Socialist Party in 1988. <br><br>link<br><br><br><br>
Ofcourse it is. Haven't you seen Ruse/The Great Divide/every blame America first crowd person post that over and over as if it is suppose to be some shocking revelation that we had some diplomacy with Hussein? Ofcourse times change and so do alliances. We once fought side by side with Russia. I guess that was the intent of posting it once again, but France on the other hand never stopped supporting or benefiting from the Hussein tyranny. They still were supplying him with weapons as late as 2002. <br><br>
Man our foreign policy is really strange. Friends then not friends. Alliances then broken promises Kinda like a soap opera or the WWE not very genuine and often decietful. Would you be friends or do business with someone like this?<br><br>
Edwards made the point about Haliburton continuing to do business with Iran, a declared terrorist nation, throughout the 90s under Cheney's stewardship. <br><br>I posted the Rumsfeld pic because in 1983 we backed Saddam against a common enemy, Iran. A relationship that most likely put WMDs into Saddam's arsenal,and a whole lot of oil in our tankers. In 1988 the French Ambassador took a million dollar bribe.Throughout the 90s how many other countries skirted the imposed sanctions? France is a favorite target today because they opposed Bush's march to war, they are a target of ridicule and ugly nationalism encouraged by Limbaugh and other radio wingnuts. I don't want to defend the French for their actions, I just want to ask why, with NK, Iran and head-chopping terrorists taunting us, why is France the "new" enemy? Is it the Jerry Lewis thing? <br><br>
" in 1983 we backed Saddam against a common enemy, Iran. A relationship that most likely put WMDs into Saddam's arsenal,and a whole lot of oil in our tankers."<br><br> Does anyone see anything wrong with this? It's like we have come full circle on this issue. Perhaps we should reevaluate on how relate with other countries(the rue global test) and hold those that represent us accountable. This doesn't make any sense.<br><br>
Is it the Jerry Lewis thing? You nailed it! <br><br>Actually I think Colin did a good job of summing it up a while back.<br><br><EMBED SRC="http://idisk.mac.com/mikeleboeuf/Public/tc2.mp4", WIDTH=250, HEIGHT=250 CONTROLLER=TRUE AUTOPLAY=FALSE><br><br>
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