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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rummy and North Korea: Arming the Enemy

In what should remind readers of Bush members' cozy connection with Saddam Hussein prior to the Iraq fiasco, North Korea's recent detonation of a nuclear weapon came via the aid of a company which Donald Rumsfeld was a board member.

In 2000, ABB, a European engineering company based in Zurich, won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for nuclear reactors to the now "axis of evil" member, North Korea. Donald Rumsfeld was a board member of the company from 1990 to 2001, leaving after he agreed to join the Bush administration. The company also opened an office in Pyongyang, N. Korea's capital, shortly thereafter.

Rumsfeld stated he did not "recall" the sale being brought before the board, even though a spokesman for ABB stated that "board members were informed about the project."

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