Who Is Ray Hunt and What Does He Have to do With Iraq?
September 22, 2007 3:38pm CST
This was a story I saw on MSNBC's Countdown then surprisingly it seemingly disappeared as if it had never surfaced. Ray Hunt is a Texas oil man, president and CEO of Hunt Oil. He is also on Haliburton's board of directors, and a trustee at Southern Methodist University. It was he who suggested President Bush choose SMU as the site for his Presidential library and after the selection was made Hunt donated $35 million to the library. That is in addition to the contributions he'd made to Bush's campaigns. He was also appointed by Bush to the Presidential Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board which gives him access to more sensitive information than is given to Congress. What's the big deal you may ask? Well, it seems he used this inside information and made himself a very "big deal"; there was to be an oil-sharing agreement in Iraq because while the Shiites and Kurds both have oil in their areas the Sunnis do not for the most part. Without an agreement as to how to divide up the oil revenue a unity governemt is virtually impossible. Enter Hunt Oil...Mr. Hunt made a separate deal with the Kurds in the north for their oil. He apparently felt sure enough of a continued fractured Iraq to put his money where his mouth is. What do you think, is this a conflict of interest or is it perfectly OK during the reign of George W. Bush? Annie
• United States
23 Sep 07
One thing is absolutely clear to me, anniepa, and I've seen a lot of administrations come and go. This administration seems to always be involved in some kind of shenanigans. I have heard of Hunt, but I did not know how cozy he was with this administration. It seems that when one has absolute power, anything goes.