Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Top McCain aid tied to to Saddam Hussein lobbying

I found this Murray Waas story through The Washington Monthly:

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.

During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.

Timmons' activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.

John McCain strongly supported the 1991 military action against Iraq, and as recently as Sunday described Saddam Hussein as a one-time menace to the region who had "stated categorically that he would acquire weapons of mass destruction, and he would use them wherever he could."

Timmons declined to comment for this story.

I don't know what to say about this story. First, the McCain campaign has been making consistent, negative attacks against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, trying to tie Obama with Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, even to the point of enticing the crowd with hatred. And yet, even as John McCain attempts to link Barack Obama with terrorists, we are now discovering that the real linkage to terrorists is from the McCain campaign, with lobbyist William Timmons having a history of working for Saddam Hussein.

The hypocrisy here is just incredible.

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