CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The news comes via After Downing Street, the blog for an anti-war organization that wants to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. It quotes Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-10, pledging to introduce legislation that forbids U.S.-based oil companies from taking over Iraq's oilfields. Kucinich is a Democratic presidential candidate with scant support in the polls, but he is one of the loudest critics of the war.
"This Congress failed to prohibit oil companies from taking advantage of the U.S. invasion. I intend to close this major loophole by introducing legislation to prohibit U.S. oil companies from gaining financial interests or financial control of Iraq's oil resources."
Kucinich has protested Hunt Oil Company's deal with Iraq's Kurds. His statement said he sent a Sept. 18 letter to Secretary of State Rice "urging an immediate investigation into Hunt Oil Company's recent production sharing agreement for petroleum exploration with Kurdistan."