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Thursday, August 23, 2007

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, Ltdhe’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.


Anonymous gj said...

Talisman Gate - that is one of the most fantastic posts ever!

btw - IraqSlogger is going subscription-only at a bargain offer for one month at around $60 a month after which it'll be 70 or 80. Would you think Eason Jordan is trying to make a financial killing before the insurgency collapses along with interest in his website?

2:07 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger bg said...



ps: i don't know how you pinpointed Blackwell as being "their lobbyist", or is that strictly "by association"??



3:18 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger bg said...


oh btw.. i believe most Reps consider Hagle
to be a RINO, so there's no love lost there..


3:23 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger bg said...



Ex-Iraq Adviser Blackwill: Impact of Iraq's 'Extraordinary' Elections Likely to Spread to Iran


3:31 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger bg said...


Blackwill has one heck of a resumé..

(also thought he retired, oh well.. ;)


3:46 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger bg said...


the plot thickens.. :D


[BG&R was, till 1999, headed by former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour, now the governor of Mississippi. The firm was sold to the Interpublic Group of Companies in 1999. The name BG&R was retained as part of the deal, though Barbour no longer had a financial stake in the company. India will become its first major foreign country client.]

and just for the heck of it.. ;)

Hired Guns: The city's 50 top lobbyists


4:11 PM, August 23, 2007

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi gj,

But I must say that IraqSlogger's Christina Davidson did a far better job than TG by getting a hold of the signed document between Allawi and BGR regulating their relationship--USD 300,000!


11:46 PM, August 23, 2007

Anonymous gj said...

TG - the link you made to the Indians and Reliance is what made the story for me! Is there no end to these UN FFO connections...

12:36 AM, August 24, 2007

Anonymous gj said...

ps: Surely Eason Jordan has good old-time contacts in the Baath for inside info on the insurgency futures market ...

1:42 AM, August 24, 2007

Blogger bg said...


gi @ 1:42 AM, August 24, 2007

well.. if anyone does.. i'm sure EJ & others
@ CNN are at the top of their "notify" list..


1:12 PM, August 24, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nebras, please check this link.


and these two as well:


and you can watch the CNN report on the second link.

8:57 PM, August 24, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:01 PM, August 26, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackwill is an ally of Condi Rice, so one would normally, and I would say normally suspect that Allawi is being set up for the Big Comeback by the State Department.

The fear is that Maliki, while willing to cut the cord from the Moqtada, isn't quite ready to prevent the Young Lad from becoming the next Hassan Nasrallah.

By the way, nobody over here either believes or trusts what the CIA says anymore, so they don't count. Only Pentagon and State have any mojo. That's where your two decent Cabinet Officers are, anyway.

Your mention of Alusi, the Dark Horse, is fascinating. Watch where Ahmad Chalabi places his bets, then go from there.

5:47 AM, August 27, 2007

Blogger |3run0 said...

Nibras, the NYT is reporting Allawi himself admited to having lobbyist working on his behalf in Washington.

5:15 PM, August 27, 2007

Blogger |3run0 said...

Except, of course, that it is the Washington Post ;^)

5:16 PM, August 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it "illegal" for Iran to be dictating terms to the sectarian Shiite government of Iraq?

It amazes me that you fail to see the danger inherent in Iranian dominion in Baghdad.

6:06 PM, September 04, 2007


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