The Webs They Weave
This is a follow-up to my post on Ayad Allawi’s lobbyists, Barbour, Griffith & Rogers:
Guess who is the President of Barbour, Griffith & Rogers International? Why, it’s our old friend, Robert ‘The Flasher’ Blackwill, the Bush administration’s former political envoy to Baghdad, a job currently filled by Blackwill’s protégé, Meghan O’Sullivan, who’s allegedly trying to re-instate Ayad Allawi as Prime Minister (see my post here).
Wait a minute? Wasn’t this self-same Blackwill the one who instated Allawi as Prime Minister in the first place when the CPA was terminated in mid-2004?
Why! Yes it is!
So Blackwill is now being paid by Ayad Allawi. It’s not a pretty picture, is it? Is Blackwill being paid for his services on Allawi’s behalf the first time around, or is he being paid to try again? It's dizzying!
Blackwill was also U.S. ambassador to India, a good ambassador according to many. I guess he made many friends there, as one would, and it seems that within his Indian circle of friends is a corporation called Reliance Industries, Ltd—he’s now their lobbyist in DC through BGR.
Reliance Industries was heavily implicated in the UN’s Oil-for-Food scandal, yet they still managed to land the largest oil deal in post-Saddam Iraq, signed in the spring of 2006. Coincidence? No, since Blackwill’s BGR also represents Nechirvan Barzani’s Kurdistan Regional Government; Barzani signed the deal with Reliance.
Guess who else pops up as the Vice-President of BGR International? Senator Chuck Hagel’s former foreign policy advisor, Andrew Parasiliti, who spent a lot of effort in the 1990s disparaging the Iraqi opposition—well, that’s before kissing-up to the former oppositionists became so profitable. It seems he put together the Northern Iraq deal for Reliance.
So let me get this straight: the guy who first put Allawi in power is now doing the same thing, but he’s getting paid for it—by Allawi. When journalists need glowing quotes about Meghan O’Sullivan—the person who is allegedly trying to put Allawi back in power now in Baghdad—they call up Blackwill.
I wonder if there’s a job waiting for O’Sullivan at BGR after she leaves Baghdad…
Shouldn’t Carl Levin be worried about these tangled webs in the halls of Congress?
Is there a pro-Allawi cabal working both ends of the US government?
What if the CIA is still involved in peddling Allawi? Wouldn’t this be totally illegal?
Where is Allawi getting his money from? BGR representation doesn't come cheap, even if they're ethics are so.
Why aren’t journalists following up these stories? Oh, I forgot, because these Iraq stories don’t win certain parties any elections.
Thanks to the friend of Talisman Gate who tipped me off about all these links.