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The Rezko-Auchi-Obama Axis

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Submitted by Jack Shaw (United States), Nov 2, 2008 at 22:41

Dan--

You are right on target, but the media don't want to know. I am attaching the piece that was added to my DoD report on Auchi's corruption of the Iraq telecom tender on Wikileaks, which will give you a sense of how the dots connect. I am normally not much of a conspiracy theorist, but the breadth and depth of the Iraqi initiatives using Auchi and Co. convince me that we may be looking at the most sophistocated subversion of the US political system ever.

Thirty years of Middle East watching made it clear to me that the Rezko/Auchi partnership had to be much longer term than it appeared on the surface. The Rezko trial showed, among other things that Rezko made 22 trips to Damascus between the start of the war and 2005. The British-Syrian Society, of which Auchi is a prominent member, was the broker for Obama's contact with the Syrian foreign minister, so the game goes on.

Auchi is now close to Maliki, which is not surprising given the fact that his Shia credentials were built up via the Dawa party (the principal political beneficiary of the telecom fix (the central license including Baghdad) was Ibrihim al Jafferi, and used Haider al-Abadi, one of the London Dawa leadership as the Minister of Communications.

Auchi managed to con the neocons at Defense by using Chalabi as his shill. (Chalabi brought Auchi into the inner circle as the man with all the connections to make Iraq into what they wanted) Chalabi was the intended beneficiary of the southern license in Iraq.) But Auchi's reach in Iraq was total: He initially orchestrated the northern lisense so it went to Barzani and Turkcell, but at the last minute cut a deal with Talibani to throw the northern license to Asiacell (with Chinese participation). So the deal went, as Doug Combs commented in Baghdad at the time, "Talibani in the North, Auchi and Jafferi in the center, and Chalabi in the south." The only thing he missed was that Auchi arranged the financing (via BNP Parisbas and Alcatel) for all three regions, so controlled it all .

In the interim govenment you will remember that Talibani became the President, Jafferi the PM, and Chalabi briefly minister with several portfolios before shooting his feet off with his comment about "throwing the Jews over the side" and getting pushed out of the deal (or shortchanged).

If Auchi's win in Iraq was near total, his strategy in Washington and Chicago was to play for even bigger stakes "The house that Saddam built" (for which Auchi was and is the banker) in Chicago is much larger and more enduring than the one Obama bought. More basic question is where has Obama's money come from ever since his Columbia days? Did they find him and promote him, or did they groom him from the outset (i.e. from his Occidental days) ? A Manchurian Candidate from Baghdad? The mind truly boggles. Good job.

All best, JACK SHAW

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Many have traces of blood on hands [31 words]infosifterNov 3, 2008 04:57141868
2The Rezko-Auchi-Obama Axis [500 words]Jack ShawNov 2, 2008 22:41141848

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