From Sam Stein’s blog in the USA:
June 2, 2008
In the summer of 2005, John McCain‘s chief strategist Charlie Black, working for his firm Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey, was paid $60,000 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of the Chinese oil conglomerate CNOOC. At the time, CNOOC was mounting an aggressive bid to buy Unocal, a California-based oil giant, and Black was tasked with churning up congressional support. But the bid ultimately fell through, in part because of objections over the China oil industry’s ties to Iran, a country in which it had already invested tens of millions of dollars.
“This transaction poses a clear threat to the energy and national security of the United States,” wrote Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. …
Flash-forward nearly three years and Black‘s old client — which later scored a $16 billion deal with the Iranian government — could now create major headaches for his current boss. On Monday, McCain, in a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, called for a broad and aggressive international campaign to divest from Iran.
Maybe McCain‘s “Bomb, bomb Iran” macho talk aims at erasing the tracks of his buddy Black’s link to the Iranian regime … like Dick Cheney’s warmongering against Iran may try to cover up Cheney’s Halliburton’s selling of nuclear components to Iran … and Donald Rumsfeld’s war against Iraq took attention away from the chummy 1980s Rumsfeld-Saddam Hussein relationship …
McCain and Hagee: see this cartoon.
McCain adviser [Black] suggests that Republican campaign would benefit from another 9/11 attack: here.