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Huffington Post: October, 14th, 2008

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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.

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Noah Eaton


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Nice to see you again, Noah! By all means, bless us with articles from the Huffington post. We would also like to hear more from the Daily Kos and anything that MoveOn.org wants to share with us.

We're all ears...
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Thanks, Michael!

I kind of felt I needed to take a lengthy hiatus from Passions In Poetry and sort of prioritize some things in my life, now that I have graduated from college and am trying to find employment. I've missed being here a lot, and I regret I scared some fellow poets here with my silence, as though something had happened to me for the worse, including rumors I had been hospitalized from my recent struggles trying to gain weight (I'm actually now at a normal weight level, yay!)

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Yeah, you keep rustlin' up those WorldNetDaily and National Review Online sources yourself! (heard they just removed William Buckley's son there for endorsing Obama! ). You're doin' a good job there!

There was one particular excerpt in the article that I did immediately think of you when I read it, and it was here:

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At one point, Timmons even boasted to investigators that it was his ideas that later became the basis for the United Nations' oil-for-food program.

Under that program, the United Nations allowed Iraq to sell its oil under U.N. supervision, with the proceeds placed in U.N. escrow accounts to buy food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods for the Iraqi people.

However, a major flaw in the program was that Saddam Hussein's regime was allowed to play a role in the selection of oil companies awarded contracts. Because of lax oversight of the program, Saddam's government was able to demand that foreign oil companies -- including American ones -- provide more than $1.7 billion in kickbacks to his regime.

One of the most outspoken critics in the U.S. Senate of the oil-for-food program was John McCain.


Michael, it was Timmons' idea! It's all his fault the Oil For Food scandal ever came into fruition! After him!



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Noah Eaton


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