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Congressional committee casts gaze inward on oil-for-food bungling 

A new report from Senate Democrats claims Washington looked the other way as a Texas oil company bought Iraqi crude and sold it to American refineries. And the report says the US -- as a member of the UN Security Council -- allowed Saddam Hussein to pocket  billions of dollars smuggling oil to Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Today, a Senate subcommittee will look into those issues at a day-long hearing on Capitol Hill. The panel has accused French, Russian and British politicians of aiding Saddam's profit-making scheme. Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan says America must also "look in the mirror." The UN oil for food program was designed to let Saddam's government sell oil only in exchange for humanitarian goods to help the Iraqi people cope with crippling UN sanctions

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