John McCain: friend of a friend of a friend of Saddam Hussein. Well, if Obama is supposed to be "palling around with terrorists," then why not go there? Murray Waas reports for the Huffington Post that the announced head of McCain’s presidential transition team — call it the power of positive thinking — was part of an effort to end sanctions on Saddam Hussein so they could grab a lucrative oil contract:

The two lobbyists who McCain aide William Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.

During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.

My friends, who is the real John McCain? Do we know him? Why has he been so dishonest about his associations?

Crossposted to The Streak.

Spencer Ackerman

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