Again, why bother acting surprised. Ray Hunt is a Texas oil baron. He’s also a good friend of George W. Bush. The Kurds are trying to lure as many wil’catting oil companies as they can to Kurdistan as a step in a generational plan toward independence from Iraq. The official Bush administration line is that this is counterproductive to a stable, unitary Iraq; which in turn is the official goal of the occupation. But Ray Hunt wants his fucking oil, so why would the Bush administration care about its official goals?

Windy’s Matt Blake and TPMm’s Kate Klonick are on it, brain like Johnny Mnemonic. (Sorry, the new Bob-Digi album is out…) It appears that the Commerce and State Departments actively encouraged the deal, reports Matt. Kate:

September 13, 2007: A State Department official contacts Hunt Oil to describe another "good opportunity for Hunt" in Iraq, prompting a Hunt Oil official to write Ray Hunt: "This is really good for us. . .I find it a huge compliment that he is ‘tipping’ us off about this . . .This is a lucky break."

If you undermine the official goals of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and aren’t Bush’s personal friend, he reserves the right to confiscate your assets. But if you undermine the official goals of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and are Bush’s personal friend, he’ll help you get multimillion dollar oil deals.

Postscript: On my way to work I walked past Donald Rumsfeld. It’s the second time this has happened in like two months. Can you make a citizen’s arrest for war crimes?

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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