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Baker’s Law Firm in Cahoots with Saddam’s Iraq? December 27, 2006

Posted by nukemhill in Judaism/Israel, Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Oh, my.

Former Secretary of State James Baker was involved in a cover-up of illegal trading by his law firm with the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a former contractor who did work for Mr. Baker’s firm.

Mr. Baker used non-Americans to help acquire funds from Iraq in violation of the United Nations embargo and U.S. law, the former contractor said.

Nir Gouaz, an Israeli security veteran, said that in 1999 Mr. Baker’s leading deputy at the law firm of Baker Botts ordered him to destroy all documents that detailed how he obtained from Iraq more than $250 million for a client.

Mr. Baker’s firm has denied Mr. Gouaz’s account.

 

But the Israeli said he has documents that could destroy Mr. Baker’s reputation. He said he has been angered by Mr. Baker’s attempt to press the Bush administration to impose an anti-Israeli policy in an attempt to win Arab cooperation to help stabilize Iraq. Mr. Baker, appointed by President Bush in 2003 as his envoy to recover debts from Iraq, has also co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, which on Dec. 6 issued 79 recommendations on U.S. policy in Iraq.

Well, well. Just imagine. James Baker getting money from Iraq … and trying to shaft Israel.

 

This is what Real Politik gets you. Cynicism, graft, money laundering, and selling out your real allies. All to keep the region “stable” and the money flowing.

 

Update: Here’s a link to the Iraq Study Group Report, which contains the 79 ‘recommendations.’ The page is part of the United States Institute of Peace.

 

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