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Tuesday, July 1

Why yes, the bushistas did help US oil companies draft contracts with Iraqi's.

When first we read that major oil companies who contracted to develop the largest oil fields in Iraq had done so on their own and without the help of the bushistas, most scoffed at it and rightly so because now it has been disclosed that in fact there was direct involvement by the bush administration in drafting contracts.

NY TIMES: In their role as advisers to the Iraqi Oil Ministry, American government lawyers and private-sector consultants provided template contracts and detailed suggestions on drafting the contracts, advisers and a senior State Department official said.

It is unclear how much influence their work had on the ministry’s decisions.

The advisers — who, along with the diplomatic official, spoke on condition of anonymity — say that their involvement was only to help an understaffed Iraqi ministry with technical and legal details of the contracts and that they in no way helped choose which companies got the deals.

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