Friday, May 21, 2004

The changing fortunes of Ahmed Chalabi

Ahmed Chalabi was once the NeoCon's golden boy, their preferred choice for the Iraqi presidency - which is surprising, given that he's been selling them out to Iran. But while they could tolerate him providing faulty intelligence and thereby helping them lie their way into a war, his recent demand that the post-handover Iraqi government should control its own oil revenues was obviously going too far. And so the Americans are retailiating. Earlier in the week, the CIA cut off his generous monthly stipend (which they paid in exchange for lies); today US troops raided his house. Can arrest and extradition to Jordan to face jail for fraud be that far off...?