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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sleeping With Saddam

"The larger scandal is that Saddam was able to use every legitimate dollar of the program to reward friends and allies and undermine support for sanctions. The total value of contracts under Oil for Food was more than $100 billion -- or $64.2 billion in oil sales and $38.7 billion in humanitarian purchases. Subtract a few billion dollars the U.N. spent in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, and you have some $100 billion worth of business that Saddam was able to steer wherever he wanted. We doubt it's a coincidence, comrade, that Saddam directed so much of that money to Security Council members, including $22.5 billion to Russia and $7.3 billion to France. The links between this money and the two countries' positions on sanctions need to be explored. And we hope U.N. Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor, who has sent us an ill-informed defense of the "$64 billion" program, will take note." Source: Wall Street Journal - Op Ed

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