Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Kucinich demanded to know precisely how Dallas-based Hunt Oil Company got that deal to drill for oil in Iraq, which it signed a couple of weeks ago with the Kurdistan Regional Government. Kucinich said the deal “raises questions," given Hunt Oil CEO Ray Hunt's ties to President Bush, and "appears to undercut the goal of oil revenue sharing but is predictably consistent with the administration's attempt to privatize Iraqi oil assets." Well, today someone raised some of those questions during a Bush media conference -- and the president said, in short, he don't know nothin' 'bout no deal between the gummint over yonder and his appointee to the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, not to mention one of his biggest fund-raisers and the main man behind his think tank and library at SMU, Hunt's alma mater.
"Our embassy also expressed concern about it,” Bush said when asked if it undermined a national oil law. “I knew nothing about the deal.”
“I need to know exactly how it happened,” he added. “To the extent that it does undermine the ability for the government to come up with an oil revenue-sharing plan that unifies the country, obviously I’m -- if it undermines that, I’m concerned.”
Sgt. Schultz, the floor is yours. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.