City of Roses
| Huffington Post: October, 14th, 2008
William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.
During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.
Timmons' activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.
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So...........now that "judgment" has become the buzzword among many this political season, and, evidently, the key word being employed to critique Obama's candidacy here, perhaps we should hold true to this national discussion of what constitutes keen or dismal judgment and discuss this evidently telling development.
Of course, it was no secret to begin with that McCain is far from the self-avowed "biggest enemy to lobbyists" image he often likes to gussy himself in where, with one simple glance through his campaign staff list, that myth is instantly punctured. In fact, according to Public Citizen, his campaign has more current and former lobbyists who raise money by pooling donations from themselves and others than any other candidate this entire election cycle, Republican or Democrat, including his campaign manager, his deputy campaign manager, his chief political adviser, his chief fundraiser, and the chief of staff of his Senate office.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"