Wednesday, August 21, 2002

"Just as the Justice Department is beginning to investigate Enron for possible corruption overseas, the State Department is busy asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for its alleged complicity in murder, torture and rape in Indonesia." [Tom Paine]

State's most compelling argument [you can download a pdf here]:
"Efforts by the U.S. and other donors to enhance Indonesia's fiscal sustainability through debt rescheduling and international lending programs will be undermined if Indonesia cannot sustain its own committments."

In short -- hello Pat Buchanan! -- we better not do anything to jeopardize their ability to pay us back. Hey, kill as many people as you want, as long as you keep the deficit "contained within the target of 3.7 percent of GDP." Here's your $10 billion. Oh yeah, don't sell your oil to China either.

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