Roger L. Simon

Oil-for-Food... why it was important

Anyone who doubts the importance of the Oil-for-Food Scandal should read this article from ABC News – Did Russian Ambassador Give Saddam the U.S. War Plan? Evidently he did and evidently the ambassador (Vladimir Teterenko) was bought and paid for by OFF (Thank you, Kofi). According to the documents upon which this article was based, the Saddamites had foreknowledge of much of what the US was up to, thanks to that collection of old KGB hacks. No surprise, really, and it also should be no surprise that there weren’t a lot of WMDs lying around when our tanks rolled in (although it may yet prove out that there were more than we have been told so far), not to mention a lot of Iraqi troops. They knew to head for the hills…. or berms.

It’s good, by the way, that ABC (despite their risible biases) is jumping to the fore on this whole skanky mess because they are, after all, a major network with tremendous reach. I applaud their journalistic honesty in this area. That king of fuddy-duddies, CBS, appears tohave been completely asleep on the release of the new Saddam materials. Wouldn’t want to disrupt their world view.

UPDATE: Reader Marc Landers emails: There’s another big story in the ABC report.

” The information was obtained by the Russians from “sources at U.S.
Central Command in Doha, Qatar,” according to the document. ”

Sources at Centcom? Are we talking about an American spy or one of the
coalition partners?

More here.