Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Biden their time

This, via Euro-paranoid correspondent Oui at the Booman Tribune (he's the smartest and best informed paranoid you ever want to deal with, no snark), is very disheartening news as far as I'm concerned:

Joe Biden’s Son Appointed to Board of Directors of Ukraine’s Largest Gas Company

Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been appointed to the board of directors of Burisma Holdingsa privately-owned natural gas company operating in the Ukraine since the year 2002. Burisma Holdings has become a considerable player within the Ukrainian natural gas and oil industry, with licences covering  the Dnieper-Donets, Carpathian and Azov-Kuban basins. The production capability has reached over 10,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) which has left the company with considerable reserves.
And from the snark staff at the Guardian:
He doesn't sound very Ukrainian. He's American, as is the other new board member, Devon Archer.
Who? Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz.
Who? Christopher Heinz … John Kerry's stepson.
I think Putin's propaganda people can take a long weekend; their work is being done for them. What do you mean?
A lot of people seem to be taking this as an occasion for saying, "Oh, I'm sure his qualifications are excellent, har har har," but that's not my problem. His résumé looks great and I'm sure he's eminently qualified for whatever it is such people do. My problem is whether the US really wants to be telling Ukrainians and Russians and the rest of the world that our ruling class is taking over the Ukrainian energy industry? And are Democrats going to be the new Republicans? It's worse if they're qualified, they might succeed!

I really find it hard to believe, after all Obama's talk about "dumb wars" and the like over the last 12 years or so, that our government could really be involved in a conspiracy to corner the market in Ukrainian gas. I find it so hard to believe, in fact, that I don't believe it. Not exactly. But I cannot understand why nobody has told them that that is what this looks like. Are they all out of their minds?

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