Critics of the president who accuse him of jumping at the beck and call of Big Oil should open their eyes and take a look at the developing Iraqi Oil For Food scandal. Former Clinton advisor Dick Morris asks:
Why did France and Russia oppose efforts to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime? And why did they press constantly, throughout the ’90s, for an expansion of Iraqi oil sales? Was it their empathy for the starving children of that impoverished nation? Their desire to stop the United States from arrogantly imposing its vision upon the Middle East?
It now looks like they it was simply because they were on the take. Saddam was their cash cow. If President Bush has suffered some discredit over his apparently false – but not disingenuous – claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the lapse is minor compared to the outright personal selfishness and criminality that appears to have motivated many of those who opposed his efforts to rid the world of one of its worst dictators.
This could be the worst act of international corruption to come to light ever, especially since the starving children of Iraq were used as the cover story for the thieves.