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Ahmad Chalabi Laughs While Scott Ritter Eats Crow

Early last year, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker published a definitive article about the recent career of Ahmed Chalabi, The Manipulator. She describes an encounter between weapons sleuth Scott Ritter where The Manipulator exhausts his dwindling credibility with Ritter: but Chalabi has somehow managed to craft his vision into a current reality, exceding even his own expectations.
According to Mayer's article:
Ritter said, “He told me that, if I played ball, when he became President he’d control all of the oil concessions, and he’d make sure I was well taken care of. I guess it was supposed to be a sweetener.? Chalabi’s office denied Ritter’s account, calling him a “liar.? Ritter left without agreeing to work for Chalabi.
This is the one the that Ritter could actually have believed. Everything else that Chalabi told him was a crock, except this, and this was ultimately all that really would matter to a true Manipulator.

In April of this year, it was announced that Dr. Chalabi would hold the position of Oil Minister in the new Iraqi government: at that point in time completely at the whim of J Paul Bremmer, et al.

Today, Chalabi does indeed control the oil in Iraq, and doesn't even have to deal with the daily pain in the ass of being president. He has had his cake, and is eating it too. Ahmad Chalabi is perhap the only person in Iraq who really has something to smile about. At whose expense? The cost of 3 weeks of US operations in Iraq, $6 Billion, excedes Iraq's total oil exports of the year 2003.

Comfortably ensconsced with the official title of Deputy Prime Minister, Chalabi has recently granted an interview with Asharq Alawsat, which claims to be the leading Arabic International Daily. The line he speaks is not the US script at all: he debunks the sectarian approach that the occupation has imposed, one that is quit similar to the view of the Arab League, which Chalabi rejects:
The Sunnis are a fundamental part of the Iraqi people and should have a real role in the political process so as to achieve stability in Iraq. I say it for history and the truth that the majority of the Baath Party members were Shiites and not Sunnis."
And Chalabi, a Shiite himself, still promises to form a coalition with Moqtada Al-Sadr,
as both had inimated approximately one year ago.

David Roknich
10-25-2005

 
 


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