A Jacksonian has written the definitive post on Obama crooked ties to convicted Rezko and Saddam hatchet man Auchi. It is lengthy, well documented and important. Read it.
Jackson posits, "Something is seriously wrong when a Presidential candidate wants to pull out and try to put Iraq back into a very, very bad place of insurgents and competing criminal and religious groups that can do no one any good.
Why is Sen. Obama unwilling to go to Iraq since JAN 2006? What was he trying to accomplish there when he did go? Did it have anything to do with the various contracts Rezko was involved in? Or Alsammarae's negotiations with Ba'athist insurgents?"
OBAMA AND IRAQ A Jacksonian, Dumb looks still free
It is one of those fascinating juxtapositions that two of the people associated with Sen. Obama have had ties to Iraq. The first, of course, is Nadhmi Auchi who I detailed in this article a while ago and tangentially in this more recent one. One of his deals in post-war Iraq was with Orascom and standing up a mobile phone network which he partnered with Egyptian entrepreneur Naguib Sawiris. Orascom would get the cellphone contract for central Iraq, which was divided into North, Central and Southern zones, thus this was the area covering Baghdad and the main telecom route north to south in Iraq. With charges of vote rigging, corruption and pure inability to deliver cell phone service or even adequate handsets, the deal would be sold off in 2005 to a Kuwaiti company and renamed Iraqna.
One thing that popped up was covered in a Newsmax article of 24 NOV 2005 (via Freeper cache) which looked at one of the firms partnering with Auchi being Huawei from China, that the People's Daily Online of 24 SEP 2004 had touted previously. Huawei, as I had looked at before, is a main arm of the People's Liberation Army of China to strong-arm their way into telecom markets globally, undercut competition, practice various forms of blackmail, shady legal deals, spy on Nations, and had dealt with both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.
Another deal in Iraq was between Nadhmi Auchi and Antoin 'Tony' Rezko of Chicago, the second person to have ties to Iraq, and that was to supply an electrical generation facility to northern Iraq. Auchi had previously invested in Rezko's South Loop project of land dealings in Chicago which the Chicago Business News had covered on 29 SEP 2005. That was a mere $130 million investment and a follow-on to the investments that Auchi had made in the Riverside Park project, which put him in as a General Partner.
Right after that deal, Rezmar would with a joint-venture contract to build a $150 million power plant in Iraq, one of three plants with the other two going to other bidders, as seen at Chicago Business News on 29 JUL 2005:
There is much much more.