Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Making Saddam look good 

For those who don't remember who he is Kenneth Pollack is a Middle East analyst who was one of the chief advocates of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He even wrote a book on why Saddam needed to go and during the initial invasion was popping up on news programs cheerleading for the invasion all the time.

Now that the U.S. indevear in Iraq seems to be heading south he is doing a good Thomas Friedman immitation in pointing out how everything would be fine if only Bush wasn't screwing everything up. Last week he wrote an article in the New York Times telling the U.S. government how it should be running the war. Now if he really cared about the outcome of the war, as opposed to being concerned what the war is doing to his reputation, he would apply for the vacant U.S. ambassador position in Iraq so he could put his ideas in practice. But I guess the thought of having to ride down the dangerous Baghdad airport road to get his new office is too much to bear.

In any event there was one little tib bit from the article that did jump out at me:
Perhaps the most underreported story in Iraq today is the theft of its oil revenues. Thanks to the high price of crude, Iraq should make well over $20 billion from oil sales this year, yet almost none of this money seems to be going to actual reconstruction projects. One senior Iraqi official told me recently that the theft of oil revenues today is making Saddam Hussein's regime look frugal by comparison.

So appearently no one knows what the U.S. occupiers and their puppet regime has been doing with the oil money. And they are making Saddam look frugal?!?!?! Well, that takes some doing. Although considering that the Pentagon’s favorite Iraqi exile for quite a while was someone accused of massive bank fraud in Jordan I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.

Not to worry though. Halliburton will soon have a crack group of accountants on the case finding out where that money is. They, more than anyone else, certainly wouldn’t want it stolen. After all, every dollar stolen is a dollar less for the war profiteers – and Halliburton simply won’t have that.


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