What is this Called?

This is an old story which was published last year during the heat of the US presidential campaign. Following are some excerpts form the piece:

The deal involves a cast of influential characters, including the king of Jordan’s brother-in-law, who is suing Harry Sargeant III, a top Florida-based fundraiser for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid…

Through a company called International Oil Trading Co., or IOTC, Sargeant and a partner have a lucrative contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year to supply American military forces in Iraq with fuel, especially aviation fuel. The firm ships the fuel to Jordan and then trucks it across the border, where U.S. forces escort the convoys to air bases….

The lawsuit against Sargeant was filed April 10 in Florida state court by Mohammad Al-Saleh, who is married to the half sister of King Abdullah of Jordan. Al-Saleh’s suit says he essentially brokered Sargeant’s contract by arranging the approval and cooperation of the Jordanian government, using his “connections and influence.” The lawsuit alleges that Al-Saleh arranged for the Jordanian government “to issue a letter of authorization to IOTC.” Al-Saleh’s lawyer, Jonathan Frank, said, “Were it not for my client, they would not have been able to get that letter.”

“Without the letter, you can’t bid,” Al-Saleh said in an interview with NBC News. “Whoever got the letter got the contract.” Al-Saleh says he also arranged a deal with a company owned by the Jordanian Army which ensured that oil could be offloaded at a Jordanian port “without interference, bureaucratic or otherwise.” So in essence a Jordanian Army-owned company was operating as a subcontractorin the IOTC deal.

Although Jordan is not an oil-producing country, unlike other neighbors of Iraq such as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, the Pentagon had insisted that fuel be brought in through Jordan.[Source]

Leaving the war issue aside, and lets also forget about the involvement of the army in lucrative contracts, what can we call what Mr. Al-salehdid? Networking? Creating a business friendly environment? Encouraging investments in Jordan? I mean WTF!

Are there any real investigative journalists in Jordan? Why don’t someone look into the story? Did Mr.Al-saleh break any laws? Even If he didn’t, why no laws exist to prevent such behaviors?

We need Journalists with Balls, not castrated attack dogs!


5 Responses

  1. […] in the Iraq war,now with Documents. Posted on July 14, 2009 by jordanreformwatch Remember this? Mohammad Al-saleh used his relationship to the  king in the documents and in the case against […]

  2. Sir, if you read the Lawsuit papers they would have answered the question you raised about whether or not Mr Alsaleh broke the law ; he certainly did not. He was partners with Sargeant and Abunabaa in a Jordanian Co -IOTC Jordan- that won the contracts with the US Gov. Then Sargeant and Abunabaa decided that they no longer needed him so they started a company IOTC USA without his knowledge and without him as a partner. He was actually well within the Jordanian and US law. His Partners were the dishonest ones. Thanks to his efforts since 2004, millions of dollars poured into the Jordanian economy, almost 3000 truck drivers were living off this business .

  3. It has also been reported that opium and narcotics provide for thousands of the taliban..Same with human trafficers.By the way if it so much of a good deed why no one talks about it.. I mean at least so that we can thank Mr Al saleh and his associates.

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