Condoleezza Rice Led Chevron’s Public Policy Committee During Oil For Food Scandal

May 10, 2007 at 9:23 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, condoleezza rice, Iraq | 4 Comments

Well well well…remember the days when conservatives were crowing over how France and Russia were evil for participating in the oil-for-food scandal? Not to mention of course Kofi Annan’s son? Yeah, they had a field day with that one, reinforcing their beliefs that the UN was of da devil! Well, we learned last week that Chevron also participated in the oil-for-food scandal, yeah, the Chevron from America. And guess who was an important executive for Chevron in those days? Why none other than Condoleezza Rice.

Digby has the details:

Hullabaloo is proud to present another episode of “Imagine If This Were A Democrat” this week starring Condoleeza Rice:

Chevron, the second-largest American oil company, is preparing to acknowledge that it should have known kickbacks were being paid to Saddam Hussein on oil it bought from Iraq as part of a defunct United Nations program, according to investigators.

According to the Volcker report, surcharges on Iraqi oil exports were introduced in August 2000 by the Iraqi state oil company, the State Oil Marketing Organization. At the time, Condoleezza Rice, now secretary of state, was a member of Chevron’s board and led its public policy committee, which oversaw areas of potential political concerns for the company.

Ms. Rice resigned from Chevron’s board on Jan. 16, 2001, after being named national security advisor by President Bush.

Our show will take you back in time to a world where the entire political and media establishment rose up in horror at the merest rumor of impropriety among the president’s advisors and cabinet — to a time when editorial writers would have thundered about the unacceptability of a former National Security Advisor and current Secretary of State having even been remotely associated with such illegality and malfeasance. Indeed, in that era, it would have been considered inconceivable that someone under such a cloud could possibly be allowed to continue to represent the nation abroad in times of such great peril. Calls for resignation would be loud and boisterous.

So let’s see, Chevron participates in the oil-for-food scandal and hides this from the world. Rice is the public policy committee chair “which oversaw areas of potential political concerns for the company,” and stayed silent. Huh…

Do regular Republicans realize just how badly their leaders are wrecking their party? Why do they still show such strong support for these criminals?


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  1. Do regular Republicans get enough news that isn’t a product of the White House noise machine to allow such a realization?

    Hats off to all you guys manning the tubes and propagating this …

  2. This is the Meme of the Week among Lefties.
    It’s fun, I know. Except here’s why it’s not going anywhere. Rice was on leave from Chevron at the time. She was on the BushCheney campaign full time.

    August of 2000? Remember? She was on Bush’s plane all the time and doing campaign stops with Laura?

    You people are fun when you get on a roll. I can’t wait until Rice gets her hands on Waxman.

  3. section9,

    I edited your comment. I do not allow the use of the Lord’s name in vain on my blog.

    Do you have evidence that Ms. Rice was not on the board of executives in August 2000? The article I link to seem to imply she was in charge of public policy at the time.

  4. And it was a historical document. Whatever. Your heroes are incompetent, most likely corrupt, but no doubt grateful for the meager cover provided by the lunatic fringe.

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