Wednesday - November 28, 2007
U.N. Oil for Food Profiteer Only Gets One Year: Another Blow to the Republic
The rule of law is the cornerstone of a republic. The equal application of that law then can be considered the truss work. Yet, we find that in the case of the "oil for food" scandal that plagued the U.N.'s program in Iraq, an American citizen, who conspired with a foreign dictator, only received a slap on the hand.
Here is the story:
Prosecutors called him a conniving businessman whose conduct contributed to the fog of corruption that enveloped the U.N. oil-for-food program. But a federal judge saw Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. as an extraordinary man driven to break the program's rules because of his strong dislike for U.S. policy in Iraq.
U.S. District Judge Denny Chin sentenced the 83-year-old Wyatt on Tuesday to a year and a day in prison — less than the year and a half to two years to which Wyatt had agreed when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month. Wyatt also agreed to forfeit $11 million.
The judge cited Wyatt's age, military service during World War II and heartfelt letters sent to the court on his behalf, including notes from members of Congress, police chiefs, mayors, even actress Farrah Fawcett.
But Chin noted: "There's little doubt in my mind that he broke the law."
Before pleading guilty on the 12th day of his trial, Wyatt had insisted he never paid an illegal surcharge to the Iraqi government to win oil contracts.
He cried as he addressed the court Tuesday, saying he "would never do anything to hurt my country." He said he could not remain silent when he believed his country was doing something wrong. Read more....
So, what do know from article regarding the Wyatt case?
• Wyatt broke American law because he disagreed with our foreign policy. Why wasn't he prosecuted under the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized negotiations with foreign powers?
• Apparently all the "good" people who wrote letters asking for leniency don't care one iota about the damage Wyatt did to the United States and his role in propping up a murderous dictator. The list of CEO's only adds to the obvious fact that our industrial leaders have no moral bearing or sense of patriotism.
• The judge, a Clinton appointee, hands Wyatt a lenient sentence because "Chin outlined Wyatt's hardworking life, noting that he was picking cotton in Texas at age 12 and flying crop-dusting planes by age 15. In World War II, Wyatt flew dozens of bomber missions for the United States, and his plane was shot down twice, the judge said."
Republics should never forgive the traitorous acts of an individual because they've done good things in the past. Machiavelli, in his tome on republics, The Discourses, wrote something that our leftist judge just can't seem to understand and will never understand. By only sentencing this old man to one year in prison, he sends the message that it is alright to betray your nation:
That well-ordered States always provide Rewards andPunishments for their Citizens; and never set off Deserts againstMisdeedsThe valour of Horatius in vanquishing the Curiatii deserved the highest reward. But in slaying his sister he had been guilty of a heinous crime. And so displeasing to the Romans was an outrage of this nature, that although his services were so great and so recent, they brought him totrial for his life. To one looking at it carelessly, this might seem an instance of popular ingratitude, but he who considers the matter more closely, and examines with sounder judgment what the ordinances of a State should be, will rather blame the Roman people for acquitting Horatius than for putting him on his trial. And this because no well-ordered State ever strikes a balance between the services of its citizens and their misdeeds; but appointing rewards for good actions and punishment for bad, when it has rewarded a man for acting well, will afterwards, should he act ill, chastise him, without regard to his former deserts. When these ordinances are duly observed, a city will live long in freedom, but when they are neglected, it must soon come to ruin. For when a citizen has rendered some splendid service to his country, if to the distinction which his action in itself confers, were added an over-weening confidence that any crime he might thenceforth commit would pass unpunished, he would soon become so arrogant that no civil bonds could restrain him.
Author: The Machiavellian
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