Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Report Shows Oil-for-Food Funded Saddam's Appetite for WMD

From Wikipedia:

The Duelfer report, released on 30 September 2004, described in a key finding the impact of the Oil-for-Food Programme on Saddam's regime:

• The introduction of the Oil-For-Food program (OFF) in late 1996 was a key
turning point for the Regime. OFF rescued Baghdad’s economy from a terminal
decline created by sanctions. The Regime quickly came to see that OFF could be
corrupted to acquire foreign exchange both to further undermine sanctions and to provide the means to enhance dual-use infrastructure and potential WMD-related development.[vol. I, p.1] (emphasis added)

Iraq and France Working To Undermine Oil-for-Food from the Start?

From the Wikipedia overview of the Oil-for-Food program:

"The Oil-for-Food Programme (Oil-for-Food Program in American English),
established by the United Nations in 1996 and terminated in
late 2003, was intended to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange
for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to rebuild its military. The program was introduced by the US Clinton
in 1995 that nevertheless opposed the further liberalization
of the proposal pursued by Iraq and France."

So, even before the program was approved, IRAQ and FRANCE were working together to further liberalize the program. Any doubts that was because they saw opportunity for extreme graft?