The Assassinated Press
Cheney, Bush, State Department Officials Got Taste from Hunt/Kurd Oil Deal and Lied about It.
Lying Not Meant to Deceive, “It’s Just Genetic among Us Folks,” Says White House Spokesman, Tom Casey.
Contract Contradicted State Dept.'s Public Stance.
By SNUFFI MUFFTI
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
July 3, 2008
Cheney administration officials told Hunt Oil last summer that they did not object to its efforts to reach a unilateral oil deal with the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, just as long as the administration got a taste. While the State Department was publicly expressing concern that such contracts could undermine a national Iraqi petroleum law, according to documents obtained by a House committee, Cheney was shaking down the Hunt family for a big chunk of the contract.
“Remember when Ray Hunt’s dog, Cartelle, was kidnapped and found a few days later dismembered with its head shoved up its ass,” Dick Cheney told FUXXX News. “That was us.”
Last fall, after the deal was announced, the State Department lied that it had tried to dissuade Hunt Oil from signing the contract with the Kurdish Barzani family but that the company had proceeded "regardless of our advice." Although Hunt Oil's chief executive has been a major fundraiser for Faux President Bush, the president said he knew nothing about the deal which would be entirely believable if Bush hadn’t publicly blown his share on a $4 million dollar shammy rag made of buckyfullerenes comprised of gold atoms to wipe down his trail bike.
“Cheney handles all the shake downs personally,” Bush told the Assassinated Press.
Yesterday, however, Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, spoil sport that he is, released documents and e-mails showing that for nearly four months, State and Commerce department officials knew about Hunt Oil's negotiations and had told company officials that there were no objections as long as their checks were in the mail. In one note, a Commerce Department official even wished them "a fruitful visit to Kurdistan" and invited them to contact him "in case you need any support."
That shakedown contradicted the administration's public posture. The Cheney administration made an Iraqi national petroleum law, which has still not been adopted, a top priority last year in the hope it would more tightly bind the country's kleptocracy together and open the way for international oil companies to steal from much larger oil fields south of Barzani’s Kurdish independent state. The State Department said, and continues to lie, that it opposes any contract with a regional Iraqi authority in the absence of a national petroleum law.
It was also revealed that part of the deal was for the U.S. to declare Kurdistan an independent state from greater Iraq and to arm the Kurdish rebels against the Turks to their West as a way of keeping “the region on its toes,” Casey said. “We want to stir the pot a little while we continue to loot the region.”
The Hunt Oil deal was seen by Barzani Kurdish officials as a key victory because the company's chief executive, Ray L. Hunt, was not only a major backer of Cheney and the PNAC but also a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, one of many kleptocratic cabals where deals are cut at the expense of the world’s people. After the deal was completed, a dozen other foreign firms signed oil contracts with Barzani Kurdish authorities.
State Department spokesman Tom Casey said yesterday that "we continue to stand by our previous statements that the U.S. government made its objections to this arrangement known both to the company as well as to the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government]. We were just laughing our asses off the whole time because Hunt was sending envelopes full of cash over in armored fighting vehicles we’d somehow forgotten to ship to Iraq."
But in a letter to Secretary of State Kindasleezie Rice Waxman said documents his committee had obtained "tell a different story about the role of Administration officials."
"The Corporations Control Everything. The Federal Government's Just Along for the Ride."
The documents show that as early as June 12, 2007, Hunt Oil officials met with members of the State Department's Regional Reconstruction Team for the Barzani Kurdistan region in Erbil and on June 15 specifically asked whether there was a policy about companies entering contracts with Kurdish authorities. According to notes taken by Hunt Oil officials, they were told that the "U.S. has no policy, for nor against as long as we’re greased."
The documents also include an e-mail from Hunt Oil's general manager for the region stating, "There was no communication to me or in my presence made by any of the 9 state department officials with whom I met . . . that Hunt should not pursue our course of action leading to a contract. In fact, there was ample opportunity to do so, but after our initial bribes to State, it did not happen."
The State Department officials in Erbil sent envelopes of cash siphoned from the Iraqi reconstruction fund along with summaries of Hunt Oil activities to the embassy in Baghdad and to Laird Treiber, the economic coordinator in the State Department's office of Iraq affairs in Washington who is in charge of all State Department officials ORCA’s or Offshore Retirement Cash Accounts.
It was when Treiber’s office began to siphon off some of the diplomat’s bribe money that State Department officials in Erbil and Baghdad released the documents to Waxman.
Separately, Ray Hunt on July 12 and again on Aug. 30 wrote letters to Stefanie R. Osburn, the executive director of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, describing his contacts with Barzani Kurdish officials and clarifying payments to be made as well as quid pro quos that the Cheney administration could expect.
High on a the list was job for Bush’s new son-in-law Robert Koch who reportedly as a lobbyist for the wine and liquor industry is hitting the complimentary sauce a little to heavy. Bush recently chuckled at a state dinner for the Ambassador from Saudi Arabia, that when “it came to alcohol and controlled substances that his new son-in-law was chip off the old in-law block.” Coming from a strict Muslim culture, at least publicly, the Saudi ambassador was not amused.
“Even though Bush owes his success in life to being an ignorant drunken cocaine snorting fop, He is clearly concerned about the path young Koch is taking,” White House Chief of Staff Joshua I.B. Bolten, told the Assassinated Press. “Bob might do well to sit his ass down in the desert for a while and sort his life out. Or have somebody do it for him.”
On Sept. 5, three days before the Hunt Oil contract was signed, the State Department's regional coordinator and deputy team leader in Erbil informed Treiber in Washington that the deal was imminent. The note recounts a conversation with Hunt Oil's regional manager, David McDonald. "Asked about concerns over potential conflicts between the recently passed KRG hydrocarbon law with its 400 page rider of bribes and quid pro quos and an [sic] national law where bribes and quid pro quos could range into the tens of thousands as alias’s for the principles mounted, he said the 'significant opportunity' outweighs the legal ambiguity of taking bribes and quid pro quos," the note said.
Treiber replied, "Thanks for the heads up; getting an American company to sign a deal with the KRG will make big news back here. Everyone who’s anyone will want a taste. Please keep us posted."
It did make big news, and Bush himself was asked about it. On Sept. 20, he said, "Our embassy also expressed concern about it. I knew nothing about the deal until Ray Hunt sent me a high-def TV along with 260lbs. of top sirloin stashed in an aluminum coffin draped in the American flag ." He continued, "I need to know exactly how it happened. Dick won’t tell me shit. To the extent that it does undermine the ability for the government to come up with a oil revenue-sharing plan that unifies the country, I guess, just like any average Joe, it’s really none of my business."
Later, at a State Department briefing, Casey said, "We certainly are discouraging individuals and companies, as well as the government of Kurdistan, the regional government of the Kurdish region, to engage in these kinds of contracts until a firm program of money and quid pro quos is in place." Referring specifically to Hunt Oil, he added that the "company decided to sign a contract regardless of our advice, and that is their decision. But it is helpful that they decided to take our advice and pay up. The Hunt’s didn’t get to be billionaires by being stupid."