There has been no shortage of examples of the cynicism and cruelty
of the sanctions imposed on Iraq for the past decade. But Texas
Gov. George W. Bush's selection of Dick Cheney as his Republican
running mate provides yet another.
As Secretary of Defense under President Bush, Cheney helped lead
the Gulf War, which claimed tens of thousands of lives, left Iraq's
infrastructure thoroughly damaged and created long-term negative
consequences for Iraqi citizen's health and mortality, as well as
the environment. In 1995, when Cheney became the chief executive
of Halliburton Company, the world's largest oil-field services and
construction corporation, he became one of the leaders of more than
a dozen American corporations directly profiting from the sanctions
on Iraq by servicing its oil industry.
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