Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Oil Patch Boodle Snatch 

"Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts"
Is this some of the "classified" material the White House is squirming over?

O'Neill said that the very first meeting of the National Security Council involved discussions of a "post-Saddam Iraq," peacekeeping troops, and war-crimes tribunals. O'Neill provided the book's author, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, with 19,000 internal documents — one of which, from March 5, 2001, was entitled "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts" and included a map of Iraqi oil fields listing contractors and countries with interests there. [Harpers, Weekly Review]

More on topic: Via The Nation; Paul Bremer's "shadow ministry", "foreign suitors", and the Iraqi oil "Western Desert" motherlode. See: The Battle for Iraqi Oil, by Aram Roston.

The Western Desert is what one international oil consultant, his voice mockingly falling to a worshipful murmur, called the "Holy Grail" of the oil industry.[The Nation]

+ "The head of the Army Corps of Engineers waived federal contracting requirements for Halliburton's operations in Iraq that would have required the company to submit cost and pricing information on its gasoline imports even though Halliburton was recently accused of overcharging the government $61 million for gasoline." [Harpers]

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