Report: Obama Toasted Saddam's Frontman at Rezko Party
Mr. Nadhmi Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
Mr. Nadhmi Auchi met with Illinois Democratic Governor Blagojevich. Auchi was a big hit with the Illinois Democrats, via Illinoize.
Barack Obama says he doesn’t recall a party at Tony Rezko’s home where Saddam Hussein’s intelligence service frontman Nadhi Auchi was the guest of honor but not there are reports that Obama actually made a few toasts at the party.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:
** To wit: Dem presidential contender Barack Obama’s handlers may be telling the press Obama has NO “recollection” of a 2004 party at influence peddler Tony Rezko’s Wilmette house, but a top Sneed source claims Obama not only gave Rezko’s guest of honor, Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, a big welcome . . . but he made a few toasts!
Nibras Kazimi at the Talisman Gate wrote this about Nadhmi Auchi and his connections with the Saddam Hussein regime:
Back in the opposition days, the name “Nadhmi Auchi” was just another front for Saddam’s intelligence service, or so we thought. Auchi (…a Chaldean Christian; there’s a Muslim family by that name too) knew Saddam intimately enough in his youth to the point of conspiring together to pull off an assassination attempt on Soviet-leaning Iraqi strongman Col. Abdul-Karim Qasim in 1959. Auchi was considered one of Saddam’s guys, who mysteriously left his job in the Ministry of Oil to start a business in Luxembourg with school-pal Nasseer ‘Abid (…Shia from Nassiriya). Auchi’s brothers stayed behind in Iraq and fixed deals with their brother to bring oil industry spare parts, but one of them got too greedy and went too far—from the regime’s perspective—in hoarding kickbacks and was executed over corruption charges in the mid-1980s on Saddam’s personal orders. Yet, even after this, Auchi maintained a connection to Saddam, according to what we in the opposition believed at the time.
Mr. Auchi also donated to the Obama Campaign.