Special Report: Jimmy Carter — Governor, President . . . Traitor?
Vol: 40 Issue: 22 Saturday, January 22, 2005
Although the United Nations have blocked most investigations that disclosed UN involvement in Oil-for-Food profits, the details are beginning to leak out, and so are some of the names of those who benefited from the world’s largest con game.
The Oil-for-Food program allowed Iraq to sell a limited amount of oil under U.N. supervision. All proceeds were to go to provide food, medicine and other humanitarian items for the Iraqi people.
While the program was in progress, Saddam – again, with the aid of many others in the international community – insisted that the United States was not allowing enough oil to be sold through the program.
This week Samir A. Vincent, a naturalized U.S. citizen who came here from Iraq, pleaded guilty in an American court to charges that he received as much as $5 million to help Saddam steer “oil-for-food” money into the dictator’s pockets. And Vincent said he helped lobby for the program’s limits to be eased so Saddam could make even more money.
Congressional investigators estimate that Saddam made more than $21.3 billion in illegal revenue – about $7 billion skimmed from the Oil-for-Food program and more than $13 billion from illegal oil smuggling.
The $60 billion program began in 1996 to permit Iraq to sell limited amounts of oil under U.N. supervision to buy food and medicine for the Iraqi people, who were suffering under U.N. sanctions imposed after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
In a statement to the court, Vincent said: “I hope my guilty plea and my agreement to assist the Department of Justice in investigating these matters will help not only the United States but also the Iraqi people as they struggle to rebuild their nation.”
Vincent pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Tuesday to being an illegal agent of Saddam in violation of U.N. sanctions on Iraq and related U.S. tax laws. He faces up to 28 years in prison. However, he “flipped” in hopes of a lighter sentence and, Attorney General John Ashcroft said, is cooperating with investigators.
As part of his plea, Vincent testified that in 1996, during negotiations over the “oil-for-food” program, he channeled payoffs to a U.N. official in exchange for favorable influence in the international body. Some of those names are, to say the least, startling.
Among them are former president Jimmy Carter, who met with Vincent and three Iraqi clerics at his home in Plains, Georgia, in September 1999.
The purpose of the meeting, according to a Carter spokesperson, was “to hear their views on the plight of children in Iraq and the impact of the U.N. sanctions on Iraq.”
Before the visit, Carter was already on record as opposing sanctions against Iraq. According to the New York Sun, Vincent also allegedly reported on his meetings to Iraqi intelligence officials.
A Saddam-era Iraqi weekly once praised Carter for being ‘in sympathy with the suffering Iraqi people’ for speaking out against the ‘stringent’ sanctions imposed on Iraq by the UN at US insistence after the first Gulf War.
The paper claimed Carter had promised to send his wife Rosalynn and his son, Chip Carter, to Iraq to highlight the effect sanctions were having on Iraqi civilians, running the story alongside a photo of Carter and the three Iraqi clerics Carter met with at his home.
The Justice Department said that, as a lobbyist, Vincent met with a number of high-ranking US officials, but refused to identify most of them, citing a policy of withholding the names of people who are involved in a matter under investigation but not suspected of wrongdoing.
(Jimmy Carter’s name was evidently NOT among those being withheld by the DoJ)
Jimmy Carter has used his status as a former president to interfere with US foreign policy regarding Iraq, going all the way back to the first Bush presidency.
In November 1990, two months after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Carter wrote a letter to the heads of state of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Carter urged the countries to drop their support for Bush’s proposed military solution, reversing his own ‘Carter Doctrine’ of the 1970’s which stated;
“Any attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such force will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.”)
Right up to Bush’s Jan. 15 deadline for war, Carter continued his shadow foreign policy campaign. On Jan. 10, he wrote the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria and asked them to oppose the impending military action.
“I am distressed by the inability of either the international community or the Arab world to find a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis,” he wrote. “I urge you to call publicly for a delay in the use of force while Arab leaders seek a peaceful solution to the crisis. You may have to forego approval from the White House, but you will find the French, Soviets, and others fully supportive. Also, most Americans will welcome such a move.”
(It is no small coincidence that the nations Carter cited just before the 2003 invasion as ‘fully supportive’ of efforts to drop sanctions and leave Saddam in office were the nations who were the beneficiaries of most of the stolen oil money.)
Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft later accused Carter of violating the Logan Act, the law that prohibits American citizens from conducting unofficial foreign policy.
In 1994, Carter travelled to North Korea to undermine negotiations with Kim Il Sung over his developing nuclear program. While there, Carter praised the ‘Great Leader’ as being intelligent, vigorous and well informed in the affairs of the world.
He declared Pyongyang to be a “….bustling city where shoppers pack the department stores” reminding him of the Wal-Mart in Americus, Georgia. He acclaimed the peaceful intentions of Kim’s regime and stated “I don’t see that they are an outlaw nation.”
Again, Carter confused the foreign policy of the U.S. government with his own personal inclinations and conducted some free-lance diplomacy, this time on CNN.
After meeting with Kim Il Sung, Carter went live on CNN International, infuriating the Clinton administration.
His motive: Undermine the Clinton administration’s efforts to impose U.N. sanctions on North Korea. Carter believed sanctions threatened the agreement he had worked out.
By speaking directly to the world about the prospects for peace, he knowingly encouraged countries like Russia and China, which were resisting a sanctions regime (and collecting fat checks from Saddam Hussein in return).
Carter did the same thing during his trip to Haiti later that year. During his mission as envoy there, he also defied orders from Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Carter is recognized internationally as being so profoundly anti-American that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, for no other reason than to give the Bush administration, ‘a kick in the leg’, admitted Nobel Chairman Gunnar Berge.
Deliberately undermining US foreign policy and giving aid and comfort to the enemy during wartime, was, at one time, considered treason.
Americans and Brits who worked as propagandists for the Axis, like Lord Haw Haw, Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose, were all convicted of treason following World War II.
But what was treason a generation ago is now sufficient cause to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and become the toast of the international community.
That, in and of itself, is enough reason to heed the call of a new organization, called ‘Move Forward America’ which is sponsoring an ad campaign aimed at kicking the UN out of the United States as a subversive organization.
We regularly cite Paul’s warning to Timothy of ‘perilous times’ in the last days and his description of the social worldview that makes those times so perilous.
“. . . lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . .”
If the Bible contained illustrations, 2nd Timothy 3:2-5 would be accompanied by a picture of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States.