They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Iraq: Australian PM Howard "knew about" AWB wrongdoing

bloomberg: Australian Opposition Moves Censure Against Howard Over AWB

Australia's main opposition Labor Party moved a censure motion against Prime Minister John Howard and two senior ministers over their failure to act on warnings the nation's monopoly wheat exporter was paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein.

An inquiry headed by retired judge Terence Cole is probing allegations the wheat exporter, AWB Ltd., paid $221.7 million in kickbacks to Hussein's regime by inflating wheat contracts and funneling the money back to the dictator through a Jordanian-based trucking company.

Howard, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Trade Minister Mark Vaile have denied they were warned AWB was breaching the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.

"The prime minister, the foreign minister and the trade minister were the three wise monkeys: they saw no evil, they spoke no evil, they heard no evil but they knew all about it,'' Labor leader Kim Beazley told parliament in Canberra. "It's a sorry story of a government in a mode of reckless negligence.'' Read more

AWB overcharged for wheat