Thank you for stating these sources!
The question you have to ask is did they actually influence these countries in their decision to not attack Iraq before the UN?
I would tend to think no. But I don't know s*&t. Its all just assumptions at this point.
However, keep in mind that this is nothing new...
Testimony to the US Congress
by Mr. Charles Duelfer,
Director of Central Intelligence Special Advisor for Strategy regarding Iraqi Weapons
of Mass Destruction (WMD) Programs
30 March 2004
Let me begin by discussing procurement and financing, two critical areas that cut across all potential WMD efforts. The ISG
has been investigating Iraq’s procurement process, sources of finance, the involvement of foreign firms, and the specific types of goods that were sought. Iraq utilized a complex and well developed procurement system hidden by an effective denial and deception strategy. By the late 1990s, Iraq, in contravention of UN sanctions, pursued the procurement of military goods and technical expertise for military capabilities.
The primary source of illicit financing for this system was oil smuggling conducted through government-to-government protocols negotiated by Iraq with neighboring countries. Money also was obtained from kickback payments made on contracts set up through the UN’s Oil for Food program.
Iraq derived several billion dollars between 1999 and 2003 from oil smuggling and kickbacks. One senior regime official estimated Iraq earned $4 billion from illicit oil sales from 1999 to March 2003. By levying a surcharge on Oil for Food contracts, Iraq earned billions more during the same period.
this dates back to March. So it can be argued that this was common knowledge even before the war (and much ealier than what is being published today), which is the reason for the resignation of many of the people mentioned in the report dating before the US presentation of proof of WMD's before the UN.
If you want to take the anti German and French sentimate further you could argue that they knew Iraq didn't have any WMD's because they were not planning to supply Iraq with these weapons until the end of the Oil for Food program.
A huge conspiracy by the world against the US!!!!
If this is true I guess we should get ready to be drafted to fight a war against Germany, France, Russia, Indonesia and 20 other countries that were involved in receiving these vouchers as well as four US oil companies that are included on this list - ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Halliburton.
Its going to be a long and bloody battle!