[Earlier published at MoRe: [Vnbiz] Intel Vietnam refuses to pay bribes . The following is revised. The former will soon be deleted.]
Thank you, sincerely, Anh Hoanh, for making that byte a whole lot less ambiguous.
Of the significance of the purportedly unique international reach of the US Foreign Corruption Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA), with all due respect, please let's remember that a tree grows and spreads out from its roots, that the US roots, at home, do not stack up all that well these days against those of its peers, or others, and please, please, please can we keep the Yankee-doodle-dandying in either perspective or check? ;)
The USA is still a great nation with even greater individuals and communities -- who today are often hanging on the skins of their teeth. But, today, the USA is far from the world's accepted ethical leader in few places other than the US Bible Belt and in the Media in or from the USofA.
For the convenience of all chis, anhs, et als here, here again are two previously mentioned, apparently quite authoritative takes on that perspective above of the USA's level of corruption versus its international peers, graphically, for those who can receive as much:
Click on the chart to enlarge it.
As an aside, on your question of the relevance of Iraq and oil, it's just another US invasion-cum-war directly resulting from the corruption of the last two Bush Admin's. I can only extend the [subconscious?] waffle in the rationale of your response as such: "... it is not about oil, or at leadt not about oil only,...", or, maybe, at least not primarily about controlling oil wealth [which is what i wrote], or maybe not all of it, eh?
[Said and sent with the goodwill of open debate between free and friendly folks worldwide. Please pardon a few friendly pokes here and there. ;) - ed]
On 8/15/07, Tran Dinh Hoanh < email@example.com> wrote: