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The French Connection

We’re going to learn that the French role in Saddam Hussein’s oil-for-food scam is much, much bigger than the Duelfer report has shown it to be. Yesterday, I wrote on what the Duelfer report has to say about the French here. Today, NYT columnist William Safire examines the same topic. His most intriguing detail: “A name that keeps coming up in my poking around is Marc Rich, the American billionaire who was for many years a fugitive, until blessed with one of Bill Clinton’s midnight pardons. Rich’s company Trafigura, spun off from the Swiss-based Glencore, and its possible dealings with outfits like Jean-Paul Cayre’s Ibex have excited the interest of many of the sleuths I’ve spoken to.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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