Republican Convention: Cheney and Halliburton: The Business of Sanctions

It looked like the kind of moment that opposition researchers spend their lives trying to unearth. Just as 13 Iranian Jews stood in the prisoner's dock of an Islamic court on espionage charges last June, Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney delivered a notably discordant message. At a meeting of the World Petroleum Congress, Cheney called for a quick end to U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, which was in the process of negotiating $8 billion in oil and gas contracts with his firm's foreign rivals. "We're kept out of there primarily by our own government," said Cheney. "I think that's a mistake."

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