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  •  Now why equate the 'Merchant of Death' (2+ / 0-)
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    justme, Nastja Polisci

    with Wolfie and PNAC?
     Oh, I see:

    In addition to his services as an arms dealer and importer/exporter of weapons and ammunition, Viktor Bout has allegedly offered some sort of private military assistance to the Afghan Northern Alliance and United States in those countries' on-going war on terrorism. According to journalists Stephen Braun and Douglas Farah, Bout approached the American intelligence community (specifically the FBI, possibly the CIA as well) sometime after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center with a contract of services to help combat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.[20] While the American agencies have not disclosed their final decision on the matter, documentation has been obtained by Braun and Farah which indicated that these agencies were interested enough to allow Bout to fly to the United States on at least two occasions for face-to-face discussions of his sales pitch. (It is important to note that trips of this nature would have required a temporary waiver of his American travel ban, evidence of which Braun and Farah also claim to have obtained.)

     What about the Interpol warrant? Geezelouise!
      The movie was too sympathetic.

    Nicolas Cage's character in the 2005 film Lord of War is said to be partially based on Viktor Bout.

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