As I've said before, the "coincidental" associations between Rezko and Obama have a history of occurring at an incredibly convenient pace. If Barack Obama's campaign has been taking money from an avowed Ba'athist sympathizer, especially one who seems to have been heavily involved in buying off the French government, it casts his protestations that he is "the only candidate who opposed the war from the start" in an entirely different light.
Don't know if Barack knew much about Auchi, although it is difficult to know for sure. Barack left the press in a snit this evening after arguing over his "openness" on his Rezko ties. Contrast that with John McCain, who patiently answered every question after the New York Times smear article a few weeks ago.