Reference: USA Today‘s headline news for today: “Iraqi forces load up on U.S. arms“.
The Oil-for-Food Program was implemented in Iraq by the U.N. since 1995, until 2003;
The Oil-for-Firearm Program, although not officially named, was implemented in Iraq by the U.S. since 2003.
The Oil-for-Food Program was introduced by President Clinton, after his predecessor, President Bush, destroyed Iraq’s economy;
The Oil-for-Firearm Program was introduced by President Bush, after he himself, President Bush, destroyed Iraq’s economy again.
Under the Oil-for-Food Program, shipping a pen to Iraq was reviewed in a process that typically took about six months;
Under the Oil-for-Firearm Program, shipping $1.6 billion worth of M16’s to Iraq was completed in 2007.
Under the Oil-for-Food Program, Iraq got food and appliances from different countries;
Under the Oil-for-Firearm Program, Iraq gets 85% of the weapons from U.S. only.
The Oil-for-Food Program helped keeping Saddam Hussein in post, critics say;
The Oil-for-Firearm Program, with tragedies like this happening almost every week, is doomed to backfire someday, a critic (that would be me) says.