Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Junketing with the enemy 

From the party that decries junketing sponsored by "corporations," we get junketing sponsored by an enemy dictator!

Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a member of a Michigan nonprofit group, of arranging for three members of Congress to travel to Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime. Prosecutors say Iraqi intelligence officials paid for the trip through an intermediary.

At the time, the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq.

The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. There was no indication the three lawmakers knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.

No. There is "no indication" that they knew bupkis. But there is "an indication" that it never crossed their astonishingly incurious minds to ask where their benefactor, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, got the money to fly them to Iraq in the run-up to the war. Saddam's agent probably figured that if they believed his cover story, whatever it was, they would also believe whatever Saddam told them.

Ba'athist is as Ba'athist does. Somebody ought to check into who paid for Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria.


By Blogger Khaki Elephant, at Wed Mar 26, 11:48:00 PM:

Thank God (or Allah) that Bonior's congressional seat was eliminated through some clever re-districting by Michigan Republicans. The man would have taken money from the devil (or Iblis) himself to launch his pre-war protest.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Mar 27, 04:36:00 PM:



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Mar 27, 09:20:00 PM:

Enemy dictator? Huh? I thought he was a creature of the US...our ally against the mullahs of Iran. Lots of stuff like that. And dictator--you mean like Pinochet? Guys like that? This blog is like some sort of nazi cartoon.  

By Blogger Khaki Elephant, at Fri Mar 28, 01:39:00 PM:

The Nazi movement consisted of a dramatic increase in the power of central government (including health care and social safety nets), class warfare (their primary justification for antisemitism), moral ambiguity, and a healthy dose of hatred for America. Interesting observation, jaycee.  

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