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Swindler on a Gusher
By Maureen Dowd
The New York times
Saturday 30 April 2005
The Iraqis have thrown us another curveball.
Ahmad Chalabi - convicted embezzler in Jordan, suspected Iranian spy, double-crosser of America, purveyor of phony war-instigating intelligence - is the new acting Iraqi oil minister.
Is that why we went to war, to put the oily in charge of the oil, to set the swindler who pretended to be Spartacus atop the ultimate gusher?
Does anybody still think the path to war wasn't greased by oil?
The neocons' con man had been paid millions by the US to tell the Bushies what they wanted to hear on Iraqi W.M.D. A year ago, the State Department and factions in the Pentagon turned on him after he began bashing America and using Saddam's secret files to discredit his enemies.
Right after the invasion, the charlatan was escorted into Iraq by US troops and cultivated an axis of Americans, Iraqis and Iranians. He got a fancy house with layers of armed guards and pulled-down shades, and began helping himself to Iraqi assets. The US occupation sicced the Iraqi police on his headquarters only after an Iraqi judge ordered thugs in the Chalabi posse arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, torture and theft.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I can't believe the Iraqi people would legitimately put this man in office, I wonder who else's back he had to scratch to get this job.
on second thought, doesn't he owe the US some money? weren't we mad at him a while ago? maybe he got the job so that he could repay the US now.