OIL FOR CUISINE

Things are heating up for Offshore Charlie:

Charles Pasqua, a former French minister of interior, has emerged as one of the highest-ranking targets of the widening investigations into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

United Nations, US and French investigators are examining Iraqi documents that show officials in Baghdad were instructed to transfer his lucrative oil allocations to an offshore company, to shield him from criticism.

Mr Pasqua’s alleged role has emerged as inquiries turn to the role of foreign governments in the corruption within the humanitarian aid programme. France and Russia, which opposed the 2003 invasion, have long been accused in the US of being too close to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Early on Tuesday, Bernard Guillet, Mr Pasqua’s diplomatic adviser, was arrested at home in Paris in connection with the oil-for-food inquiry, on the orders of Philippe Courroye, a French investigative judge. Mr Guillet was yesterday in police custody.

Oddly, while the ABC was quick to cover an earlier Texan oily food link, the network hasn’t mentioned Charles Pasqua once—despite his name being raised months ago.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/28/2005 at 01:10 AM
    1. OK. No one wants to comment on this? How about this from David Ignatius via RCP:

      It was George Bush’s good luck that this Lebanese uprising coincided with his calls for Arab freedom and democracy.

      Discuss.

      Posted by SteveGW on 04/28 at 03:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. On A.B.C. topic can they explain why their grumpy old Kerry referred to Ms or Miss Schapelle Corby last night – as just CORBY. Strangely though on the World Today or at Noon -a possible War Criminal was deliberately and with great emphasis described several times as MISTER Zatario. The presenter interrogated the representative of the agency attempting to extradite “Mr” Zatario in a very stern and concerned manner.

      Posted by crash on 04/28 at 04:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh and while I’m on the subject- which naughty politically correct aunty insisted that actress Kate Bell film all her scenes in a bikini in “Blue Water High.”

      Posted by crash on 04/28 at 04:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Crash – this impolitness has long infected the ABC and MSM. The Prime Minister is always ‘Howard’ while murderers, drug dealers and rapists are accorded the honorific ‘Mr.’, never ever surname alone.

      Obituary of Sir Joh in The Telegraph (UK). Nothing new but even-handed, i.e., on balance he was a crook.

      Posted by walterplinge on 04/28 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Why would anyone accuse a French citizen of corruption and bribery?  It’s just unheard of!

      /sarcasm

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 04/28 at 05:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. “No War” in return “for oil”

      I wonder when the Oh-so-easily manipulated by America-hate lefties will see they have been fooled?

      When they do it’s more neocon recruits!  (that’s probably why “our” MSM is doing so much to cover up)

      Posted by Rob Read on 04/28 at 05:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. PASQUA, PAS QUE, COMME SI, COMME CA.
      Why does none of this surprise us?
      And regarding #1 above, why are we not surprised that (a) Syria can be made to back off, while (b)Saddam could not be made to back off? Making Assad junior take a backward step is hardly a proof of soft power.
      When Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and all the rest, become legit multi-party democratic states and stop being or funding islamofascist incubators, then you can tell me about soft power. Until then, keep funding our military forces really well.

      Posted by blogstrop on 04/28 at 06:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. A statement – Food for oil is just a bit of a ruse to smokescreen real issues of oil politics in Iraq.

      So I don’t want to talk about it, so here’s the segue – with the politics of oil, I’ve got ask one timely bit of advice.

      With today’s or yesterday’s joint Saudi/Texan declaration of making the US even more dependent on petroleum consumption, instead of dealing with the demand side, which with a finite resource seems a little more sensible, does anyone else think that the US should be made to collect excise on its domestic petroleum sales at a level equal to the first-world standard. i.e. should the US and everyone be forced to make gas prices on a par with, say, the EU states so that the US domestic consumption can be curtailed, so that there might be some left for the rest of it.

      Try getting stuck in a jam on the Phoenix part of I-10 and not being able to see past the F-350s, dodge rams, Ford explorers boxing me in in my hire car. Their cities are ridiculous, their cars are ridiculous, and they use a ridiculous amount of fuel because of it.

      Demand side, rather than supply side is needed.

      Some intelligent debate please. If you’re capable.

      Posted by dopey on 04/28 at 07:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. I read something not too long ago that they’re working on ways to create oil and are making progress.

      And I think the awfulness of American cars is general knowledge.

      At any rate, god forbid you acknowledge the corruption infesting the UN and the entire leftist political landscape

      Posted by Aging Gamer on 04/28 at 07:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Some intelligent debate please. If you’re capable.

      I’m afraid people who blatantly try to thread-hijack in order to air their personal grievances will have to ask a bit more nicely.

      Posted by PW on 04/28 at 07:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dopey, keep up with the shit and your name will be off the commenting list. I am at the end of my patience.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 04/28 at 08:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Andrea,

      Which bit is shit? The thread-hijacking ? Or because you are a censor, and this site is all about people patting each other on the back when they are too scared to debate anything ?

      Why censor me out ?
      What do you fear ?
      Someone with a good heart and a good brain ?

      I don’t use the words liberal, or elite, in the same way you do ? I’d never vote the same way as any of you. I don’t believe the Australian Federation is worth keeping together when Mr Howard’s in charge.

      I am not close to any political power. What reason do you have to shut me up ?

      I am not like you, so therefore I am bad ?

      It is a legitimate question ? It’s about supply and demand. It affects us all.

      Please don’t shut me up. You people are all about the freedom to say what you want ?

      What’s with a foul mouthed moderator anyway ?

      For the record I lasted 5 posts in 2 hours. I contributed. Why don’t some of you lot ?

      With a lack of respect,
      Dopey

      PS You trhink you’re smarter than dopey. How dumb you all are !!

      Posted by dopey on 04/28 at 08:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve just been banned, but I am still logged in.

      I am puerile and moronic, apparently.

      Andrea you are a worthless waste of space. You all are. Thankyou for reminding me of what a bunch of scumbags your side of the political spectrum is.

      Wankers !!!

      Posted by dopey on 04/28 at 08:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think Tim Dunlop is the polar opposite of a few people here, yet he posted here while his server was playing chess or something (my hatred of Internet servers overrides all).

      With exception to a few morons who thought Tim D was the anti-christ, we all got on rather well, debating and so on. There’s a special reason we all got on as well.

      He’s not an asshole.

      Posted by Aging Gamer on 04/28 at 08:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. I hadn’t exactly banned you, dopey. But now I have, since I see you are a childish little freak. And oops—I’ve shut down new registration so you won’t be able to register under another name! Oh boo hoo!

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 04/28 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aging: yes, Mr. Dunlop’s behavior on this blog is an example all lefties should follow. However, few of them seem capable of—or interested in—self-control.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 04/28 at 09:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. LOL…I’d almost suspect dopey’s post #12 is taking the piss out of the Left. If I didn’t know so many other lefties who sound exactly like him, that is.

      And note the French-like habit to put a space before his question marks and exclamation points. Hehehe, too funny.

      Posted by PW on 04/28 at 09:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Why do people think they can start “intelligent debate” with an insult? Or by starting from false, and again insulting, premises?

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 04/28 at 10:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Europe should drop taxes on petroleum to American levels (or zero) and see their unemployment (double the Anglosphere) figures drop, and a rise in wealth.

      Has anyone ever seen a method mereby tax takes airborne plant food (CO2) out of the atmosphere?

      A small tax of say 0.1% of the cost of the petrol could be legitimatly collected to subsidise tree production or other methods that will remove C02.

      Otherwise the coerced collectivists (murder toll 100million) will only succeed in making the country poorer.

      Posted by Rob Read on 04/28 at 10:50 AM • permalink

 

  1. And I think the awfulness of American cars is general knowledge.

    What?  Even my 1970 Monte Carlo with a 400 cubic inch engine and a 4 barrel carborator?  With mags tires and chrome wheels?  Aging Gamer, I won drag races on country roads with that baby.

    Of course, it got 10 miles to the gallon.  I wonder what Dopey thinks of that?

    Posted by wronwright on 04/28 at 04:37 PM • permalink