Sean Hannity had Dick Cheney on as a guest to do the usual empty fear-mongering about the Iran agreement, saying that the sanctions should not be lifted in exchange for strict limits on Iran’s nuclear research and programs. Here’s the video:
Seriously? Dick Cheney? The guy who, as CEO of Halliburton, violated the sanctions against Iran to keep making money on the services they provided to that country’s oil industry? That Dick Cheney? The very same.
Sources close to the Halliburton investigation tell NBC News that after that announcement, Halliburton decided that business with Iran, then conducted through at least five companies, would all be done through a subsidiary incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
“It’s gotten around the sanctions and the very spirit and reasons for the sanctions,” says Victor Comras, a former State Department expert on sanctions.For Halliburton to have done this legally, the foreign subsidiary operating in Iran must be independent of the main operation in Texas. Yet, when an NBC producer approached managers in Iran, he was sent to company officials in Dubai. But they said only Halliburton headquarters in Houston could talk about operations in Iran. Still, Halliburton maintains its Iran subsidiary does make independent business decisions.
Why should Americans even care if U.S. companies circumvent the sanctions?
“The purpose of these sanctions is to dissuade Iran from supporting terrorism and from seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction,” says Comras.
When he was profiting from it, Cheney had no problem whatsoever violating those sanctions. He’s pretty much the last guy anyone should listen to on the subject of Iran.