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Big Don Rumsfeld Bats for Both Teams

based on a report by Chris Floyd. February 28, 2003

The boys in the Bush Regime swing both ways. We speak, of course, of their apparently uncontrollable craving for stuffing their trousers with loot from both sides of whatever war or military crisis is going at the moment.

That's why it came as no surprise to read last week that just before he joined the Regime's crusade against evildoers everywhere, Pentagon warlord Donald Rumsfeld was trousering the proceeds from a $200 million deal to send the latest nuclear technology – including plenty of terrorist-ready "dirty bomb" material – to the rogue state of North Korea.

In 1998, Rumsfeld was citizen chairman of the Congressional Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, charged with reducing nuclear proliferation. The commission came down hard on the deal Bill Clinton had brokered with North Korea to avert a war in 1994: Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for normalized relations with the United States, plus the construction of two non-weaponized nuclear plants to generate electricity.

Rum deal, said Rummy: those nasty Northies would surely turn the peaceful nukes to nefarious ends. The agreement threatened the whole world, Rumsfeld declared. Of course, that didn't prevent him from trying to profit from it. Even while he chairing commission meetings on the "dire threat" posed by the Korean program, Rumsfeld was junketing to Zurich for board meetings of the Swiss-based energy technology giant, ABB, where he was a top director. And what was ABB doing at the time? Why, negotiating that $200 million deal with North Korea to provide equipment and services for their nuclear reactors, of course!

Yes, nuclear proliferation is ugly stuff – but you might as well squeeze a few dollars from it, right? A smart guy always plays the angles – and, as the hero-worshiping American media never stop telling us, Rumsfeld is one smart guy.

You have been reading excerpts from "Going Nuclear for Fun and Profit" by Chris Floyd. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/9kccs. Many thanks to Chris Floyd. We visit chris-floyd.com often and we hope you will too.

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