Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Ex-Iraqi Officials Sought in $1B Theft

BAGHDAD, Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.

Those accused include four other ministers from Allawi's government, which was replaced by an elected Cabinet led by Shiite parties in April, said Ali al-Lami of Iraq's Integrity Commission. Many of the officials are believed to have left Iraq, including Hazem Shaalan, the former defense minister who moved to Jordan shortly after the new government was installed.

For months, Iraqi investigators have been looking into allegations that millions of dollars were spent on overpriced deals for shoddy weapons and military hardware, apparently to launder cash, at a time when Iraq was battling a bloody insurgency that still persists.

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Blogger G_in_AL said...

BAGHDAD, Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.

Versus

TEHRAN, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari on Thursday rejected accusations that Shi'ite Muslim Iran was interfering in Iraq's internal affairs.

Asked about accusations that Iran was interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq, Jaafari told Iranian state television: "Such accusations are baseless and we do not agree with them at all."

"Relations between Iran and Iraq are currently very friendly and strong and expanding. We are proud of the situation," he said. "Some people want to harm our existing friendly relations with Iran. But we will not let them do so. We are determined to expand our relations every day."


Notice, when Iraqi government is doing or saying something good, they are pretty much referred to independantly.

Yet when the Iraqi government is doing or saying something bad, they are immediatly tied to the US governement (i.e. "US backed").

This is journalistic bias, and it is used to jade the reader into an anti-US mindset from the outset of the article.

This is why American MSM is dying. Journalistic objectivity is gone, all we get are the edited opinions of people on facts (that they may include in a story).

have fun poking through the BS

October 11, 2005 6:14 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I take your point G , but isnt this more to do with the fact the the US picked the interrim government

Allawi is a well known CIA agent

If this happened now then there is no link , but this happened when the CPO were running the country

that means there actually is a link

You mention on your site today the fair comment about pakistan wanting american "tax payers" money

well G , this is your money too

you should be angry

October 11, 2005 6:19 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

I can be angry about this guy taking money all day, but it doesnt change the fact that the "news" orginizations relish in linking the US to anything negative, while excluding them from anything positive.

October 12, 2005 8:14 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

there really is little positive to tell G

how do you compare for example 50 people getting killed as the bad news with say 8 insurgents captured as the good news

when you look at the two face to face , there really is no good news to tell

October 13, 2005 4:32 am  

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