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Friday, March 18, 2005

Connect the Dots

Happy Friday.

Terry Schiavo, Robert Blake, Scott Peterson, Jacko and Sammy Sosa.

They can all suck it - coz here's the story the rest of the world cares about.

Courtesy of Greg Palast and the BBC:

Secret US plans for Iraq's Oil" - The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.

"Conspiracy theory!"

Just let your tiny dinosaur brain go there, my friend.
Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protesters claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.

In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists".

"Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan, obtained by Newsnight from the US State Department was, we learned, drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants.

Insiders told Newsnight that planning began "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the September 11th attack on the US.
Actually, if you remember, the neo-cons had been eyeing Iraq since Gulf War I. The PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY, the big neo-con club, sent Clinton a letter back in '98...demanding that he deal with Saddam.

Specifically:

"The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy."

That letter is signed by Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Bolton. Among others.

1998, people.

(For all things NEO-CON, and their letter to Clinton, check out the special neo-con page on the Daily Kos - here.)

Back to the BBC article:
The industry-favoured plan was pushed aside by a secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq's oil fields. The new plan was crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq's oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas.

The sell-off was given the green light in a secret meeting in London headed by AHMED CHALABI shortly after the US entered Baghdad, according to Robert Ebel.

Mr Ebel, a former Energy and CIA oil analyst, now a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told Newsnight he flew to the London meeting at the request of the State Department.
Ahmed Chalabi just pops up in the strangest places, doesn't he?

"Did he tell the Bushies that he could help privatize the oil fields if they put him in power?"

Ya think?

To wrap up - many of the world's oil dudes were worried about PRIVATIZING Iraqi oil - because they feared that such a move would backfire - especially if the Iraqi people woke up to watch the privatizing.

Some would say...THEY DID.
Mr (Falaj) Aljibury, once Ronald Reagan's "back-channel" to Saddam, claims that plans to sell off Iraq's oil, pushed by the US-installed Governing Council in 2003, helped instigate the insurgency and attacks on US and British occupying forces.

"Insurgents used this, saying, 'Look, you're losing your country, you're losing your resources to a bunch of wealthy billionaires who want to take you over and make your life miserable,'" said Mr Aljibury from his home near San Francisco.

"We saw an increase in the bombing of oil facilities, pipelines, built on the premise that privatisation is coming."
However, the neo-cons had more...important plans.
The former Shell oil boss (Philip Carrol) agrees. In Houston, he told Newsnight: "Many neo conservatives are people who have certain ideological beliefs about markets, about democracy, about this, that and the other. International oil companies, without exception, are very pragmatic commercial organizations. They don't have a theology."
Doo bee doo bee doo.

More later...

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