Douglas MacKinnon

It’s hard to imagine a firm run by a candidate for President of the United States, lobbying on behalf of a company controlled by the likes of Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, or other murderous thugs who have run their countries into the ground while causing untold human misery.

Well, as we recently found out, we have to imagine no longer. While this story caused a minor ripple in the news a couple of months ago, it is worth repeating that Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, -- a Texas law firm of which former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani became a name partner in 2005 – actively and eagerly lobbied on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corporation until last month. For those who still don’t know, Citgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleous de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the national oil company of Venezuela manipulated lock, stock and oil barrel, by strongman Hugo Chavez.

Americans are unfortunately becoming more and more familiar with Citgo – which is overseen in the U.S. by a Venezuelan sycophant and bootlicker personally installed by Chavez – because of the propaganda campaign they are now running which would make Joseph Goebbels -- Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda -- proud. The ad campaign, which portrays Citgo and Chavez as the new Robin Hoods sending cheap heating oil to America’s poor, has been running in major newspapers and on television networks for months.

The campaign, which many in and out of government, believe is nothing more than a stunt to embarrass the United States and the administration of George W. Bush, has nonetheless, been fully endorsed and championed by the likes of Joseph Kennedy, Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA), and Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY). Like Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, in Kennedy, Delahunt, Serrano, actor Danny Glover, and other Americans, Chavez has found his “useful idiots” to spread the word of his own “Bolivarian Revolution.”

Knowing this, it’s hard to understand how Rudolph Giuliani would willingly allow himself to be publicly and financially tied to a dictator in all but name who counts as his best friends, the leadership of Hezbollah, as well as the leaders of such terrorist sponsoring nations as Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Sadly, the former Mayor not only knew all about his firm’s work for Citgo and Chavez, but, when uncovered by the media, somehow defended it by saying it was, “lawful and honorable…and helping to protect jobs…”

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I have a personal history with Chavez. He has attacked me by name on his national television show stating that I’m an agent of the CIA out to destroy him and his government. A government that is neither “lawful nor honorable.”


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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