Monday, December 13, 2004
Clinton Billionaire-Pal Involved in Iraqi Oil-for-Food Scam
Hey Kofi, you sure you don't want to step down now while the stepping is good?
Let me take you back to January 2001 and the waning hours of the Clinton presidency. As joyous as that time was for those of us in the GOP, Clinton still had time to do damage. Besides his staff breaking off all the "W" keys on White House computers, and his friends stripping Air Force One of any possible keepsake, Clinton pardoned Marc Rich. Rich, a billionaire who had been hiding in France and other places for close to 20 years, was wanted in the United States for tax-evasion, racketeering and trading oil with the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini.
Quite a guy.
Now authorities are implicating Rich as a "central figure" in the U.N. debacle/scam better known as "Oil for Food". From the New York Post:
Billionaire Marc Rich has emerged as a central figure in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal and is under investigation for brokering deals in which scores of international politicians and businessmen cashed in on sweetheart oil deals with Saddam Hussein, The Post has learned.I'm sure Kofi is "surprised" and "disappointed" at this development.
Under the scam, hundreds of international political and financial figures from France, Russia and other countries were awarded middleman vouchers allowing them to purchase set quantities of Iraqi oil at discount rates.
With that I return to my [always legal] capitalist endeavors [which are of no interest to Federal prosecutors].