Monday, January 08, 2007

Slippery al-Samaraie Has Deep Baathist and U.S. Roots

The jail breaking Iraq ex-Electricity Minister with “lovers around the world” has a truly interesting past. A longtime resident of the United States, Mr. Ayham al-Samaraie was the leading Baath Party official in North America under Saddam Hussein, also Ayham’s education benefactor. Al-Samaraie attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Besides tuition and books, Saddam paid his party leader an annual salary.

Family ties in Iraq caused the young Baathist star to be booted from the party. An uncle and brother-in-law sided with Syrian Baathists to unseat Saddam. At this point Mr. al-Samaraie associated himself with various groups looking for regime change in his home country. These connections somehow landed him the job as Electricity Minister under Paul Bremer.

Al-Samaraie is a partner in the KCI Engineering Consultants firm in Downers Grove, Ill.

Apparently their extraordinary partner in the firm did not have the skills to "solve challenging electrical power generating problems economically and comprehensively."

He apparently was as loose with cash as his boss, CPA chief Paul Bremer. It would be tragic for an underling to take the stand in Baghdad and tell how fast and free American leaders were with the Iraqi people’s money in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority. If that word got out, President Bush might have a medal to rescind.

Bremer was described on CNN as “universally agreed to have been calamitous viceroy in Baghdad”. The viceroy must be protected…

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