Monday, July 2, 2007
Our Man In Turkmenistan
Ken Silverstein provoked quite the little brouhaha over at Harper's with his Abscam-style reporting on Washington, DC lobby shops and their willingness to shill for brutal dictatorships in exchange for hefty fees. Some folks questioned his undercover methods in posing as an associate of the government of Turkmenistan. I'm just wondering if President Bush's decision to waive trade sanctions for Turkmenistan (under the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act of 1974) was a freebie the lobbyists organized before they realized Silverstein wasn't on the up and up.