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December 18, 2004

Tariq Aziz Ready To Flip on Oil-For-Food Scammers?

I always knew this effete strutting fop would be the first canary to sing; why did it take him so long to realize that?:

David Kay β€” a former U.S. adviser in Iraq β€” spent months questioning Aziz and others. He says Aziz quickly turned on Saddam and could testify at any trial.

"He talks about direct orders to murder, to assassinate, to kill," says Kay.

NBC News has learned U.N. investigators probing corruption in the U.N. oil for food program were scheduled to question Aziz last week. That session was delayed for security reasons.

...

U.S. officials say Aziz already has implicated the French and others, claiming payoffs were made with the understanding that recipients would support Iraq on key matters before the U.N.

"He pointed to specific individuals in Russia and France, in the United States β€” that received favorable treatment," says David Kay.

Now, sources tell NBC News that Aziz has indicated he's finally ready to talk about alleged bribes to U.N. officials. U.N. investigators refuse to comment.

The UN "investigators" are about as eager to get to the bottom of this mystery as was Kevin Costner in No Way Out.

Don't You Ever Dare Question My Movie References in Front of the Enlisted Men Update: "Private Joker" Patton from Opinion8 dares to challenge me on my No Way Out reference, pointing out that Costner was only obliquely involved in the murder in that movie.

To which I reply:

1) You think it's easy coming up with a dipshit reference for every one of these stories?

and more importantly,

2) In No Way Out, Costner was actually long-suspected Soviet mole YURI, which was the real mystery at the heart of the movie.

So he really didn't want to get to the heart of the actual mystery, now did he?

You're young, soldier. Cocky. I see a bit of myself in you. You could be squad leader someday if you just come to terms with your problems with authority and get with the program. Straighten up and fly right, Private Joker. Why don't you come on in to join the team for the big win?

Now drop and give me forty and don't let it happen again.


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