ADVISING THE IRAQIS….Here’s a piece of news that will surprise exactly no one:

A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an integral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq, American officials say.

….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.

“Detailed suggestions” indeed. I think that’s what Michael Corleone called it too.

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