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Quote from that Dkos article:

In a global economy, distinctions between "American" or "French" companies are essentially a joke. The Volcker report paints a picture of layer upon layer of front companies and cut-outs, off-shore subsidiaries and hastily slapped together strategic partnerships: "Iraq's preference for French companies and the limited number of recipients in France for Iraqi crude oil led certain companies to pass themselves off ... as being French-based." The report cites a 1998 letter from a French official to an Iraqi official based in Paris, in which he expressed "his concerns and his government's concerns ... regarding the increase in British and American companies as well as others who exploit the decision of the Iraqi leadership in providing priority to conducting business with French companies by signing contracts with Iraq through their offices in France."

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 07:25:50 PM EST
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I hope there are people out there willing to dig.  Would not surprise me if companies in the Halliburton sphere are found to be the manufacturer of parts supplied to Iraqi oil sector by trading and front companies - usually located in the Middle-East.
In which case, they would have been complicit in the kick-back schemes.
by ask on Sat Dec 3rd, 2005 at 10:18:26 AM EST
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