February 29, 2004

SADDAM'S VOUCHER SYSTEM

The New York Times reports:

In the high-flying days after Iraq was allowed to sell its oil after 10 years of United Nations sanctions, the lobby of the Rashid Hotel in Baghdad was the place to be to get a piece of the action.

That was where the oil traders would gather whenever a journalist, actor or political figure would arrive in Iraq and openly praise Mr. Hussein. Experience taught them that the visitor usually returned to the hotel with a gift voucher, courtesy of the Iraqi president or one of his aides, representing the right to buy one million barrels or more of Iraqi crude.

Via Instapundit, who observes about UN claims that they didnít notice Saddamís oil sales: ďThose guys are either lying, or dumb as rocks.Ē

Posted by Tim Blair at February 29, 2004 12:16 PM
Comments

Why be so limiting? They could be both!

Posted by: charles austin at February 29, 2004 at 12:30 PM

You and your blogorific blogtastic blogmire, Tim Blogair! You and your neo-bloggy-con pals kicked out poor old bloggy Saddam so that George Blog Bush could get his blogoil!

(Just getting in early)

Posted by: Quentin Divide at February 29, 2004 at 01:13 PM

Excellent

Soon, Miranda won't be able to get a word in since we'll be taking all of her cheap, negative and obvious one-liners before she gets a chance to squeal them herself.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 29, 2004 at 02:04 PM

Mr. Sevan, head of UN's oil-for-food pgm, was one of the 270 mentioned in the payoff document. Is that why the UN knows nothing about the oil sales?

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110004667

"One of the most eye-catching names on the list is easy to miss as it's the sole entry under a country one would not normally associate with Iraq--Panama. The entry says: "Mr. Sevan." That's the same name as that of the U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Benon V. Sevan, a Cyprus-born, New York-educated career U.N. officer who was tapped by Kofi Annan in October 1997 to run the oil-for-food program."
And
"in New York, where a spokesman confirms that though the U.N. program ended last November, the former executive director of Oil-for-Food, Benon Sevan, is still on contract, still drawing a salary."

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/cRosett/?id=110004734


Posted by: ic at February 29, 2004 at 03:29 PM

All very good, but when will the news be published in a reputable newspaper?

Talking of citing the New York Times, you once described in the Bulletin the Mongolian invasion of Iraq as killing 800,000, based on the NYT's figures, when it killed 80,000, according to the New York Time's correction.

Have you ever made a corresponding correction for your column?

Posted by: Andjam at February 29, 2004 at 05:18 PM

No, I didnít, Andjam. Lots of other accounts go with 800,000, and Iím not sure that the NYTís correction altered in any serious way the point I was making.

I've run corrections when my own reporting is wrong, but when I cite the NYT they can run their own.

Posted by: tim at February 29, 2004 at 10:38 PM

"Talking of citing the New York Times, you once described in the Bulletin the Mongolian invasion of Iraq as killing 800,000, based on the NYT's figures, when it killed 80,000, according to the New York Time's correction.

Have you ever made a corresponding correction for your column?"

Hulagu lied ... people died!

Andjam, you can't expect to be a Tim Blair troll by mailing it in. You have to work at it!

Posted by: Floyd McWilliams at March 1, 2004 at 05:16 AM

And the Mongolian invasion of Iraq was when? Hulagu and his army took and sacked Baghdad on 15th February 1258.Interestingly they exterminated the Assassins a proto-al Qaeda sect.Those Mongols really knew their anti-terrorism
Saddam has had an easier time of it as the last Abbassid caliph was trampled to death by horses,beats a visit from the Red Cross( I thought he was a Muslim!).
It is reported that an observer from Iraq Body Count, Hassan bin De'ad Seven Hundred Years was only able to count up to ten,until he was caught stealing,then he could only count up to five.

Posted by: Peter at March 1, 2004 at 06:37 AM

Hey blogheads, wrong again. The UN may have administered the oil for food programme, but Iraq was still a sovereign nation then not just a US caliphate - the only deals it couldn't make were ones involving the purchase of arms and WMDs. Looks like the UN did a good job stopping said purchases. But there's still time to find them, isn't there.

Funny, haven't seen much quoting the NYT on Haliburton's corruption. How did they manage to pay just $15m tax last year?

And I'm so sorry for being "negative". How about this: I love how you're all a bunch of miserly, pissant losers who, I imagine and trust, will all eventually rot in a right-wing purgatory, forced for all eternity to listen to Ann Coulter editorials about Bill Clinton "treachery".

Posted by: Miranda Divide at March 1, 2004 at 09:03 AM

Oh Dear! Miranda is up in her sad little room squeezing her zits again.

Posted by: More in sorrow than in anger at March 1, 2004 at 09:06 AM

She's ticked that she's had to troll for free while other anti-war lip-flappers were getting oil vouchers. And now that Saddam is no longer the sovereign Butcher of Baghdad she'll NEVER get in on the gravy train.

Please, Miranda, just say it. Just say "It wasn't corrupt to be paid with oil to support Saddam since it was legally administered by the UN" Put that in fine print on your 3XL No Blood for Oil shirt.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 1, 2004 at 09:56 AM

Miranda, get back in that kitchen, slut! Make me my dinner! Don't make me slap you again!

Posted by: Quentin Divide at March 1, 2004 at 03:52 PM

I love how Miranda can just throw a coupla statements without back-up information and expect to be taken seriously.

Its not that hard, 'randy. Here's a hint: Cut and paste.

Posted by: Quentin George at March 1, 2004 at 04:42 PM

Tell me why would I utter such rubbish? Sortelli I have what you really need.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at March 2, 2004 at 06:57 AM

Are you retracting your position, then, Miranda? Do you now admit that it is wrong to take oil vouchers from the sovereign nation of Iraq in exchange for opposing Saddam's removal?

I eagerly await your reply.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 2, 2004 at 01:50 PM

I retract nothing, including the imaginary Ann Coulter doll now lodged in your most delicate orifice.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at March 3, 2004 at 01:06 PM