Monday, March 20, 2006

Mission Accomplished! Well, one was

"It's about oil," Robert Ebel told me. Who is Ebel? Formerly the CIA's top oil analyst, he was sent by the Pentagon, about a month before the invasion, to a secret confab in London with Saddam's former oil minister to finalize the plans for "liberating" Iraq's oil industry. In London, Bush's emissary Ebel also instructed Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, the man the Pentagon would choose as post-OIF oil minister for Iraq, on the correct method of disposing Iraq's crude.”

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10 Comments:

Blogger PoliShifter said...

Hi Patricia,

I don't remember if I shared this article with you or not...

Its called

The Iranian Line In The Sand

It has to do with Iran converting how they trade their oil from a Dollar based to a Euro based system.

Iraq did the same thing and when we invaded one of the first orders of business we did was switch their oil back to Petro Dollars instead of Petro Euros.

We have so much debt and what in part makes it possible for us to float so much debt is that oil is traded using dollars. Thus, countries who borrow dollares are assured they have some tangible value.

If more and more countries start basing their economies on Euros rather than dollars, it will make it harder for us to sell our debt and will push us closer to financial ruin.

At the rate Bush spends money, at the rate he borrows money, think if all of a sudden Bush's credit card gets denied...Someone'll get nuked...

March 20, 2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Oh yeah, and as Paul Wolfowitz said, the Iraqi Oil was supposed to pay for the reconstruction and the cost of the war. LOFL

March 20, 2006 4:32 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

G'day PoP. What I don't understand is how come theirs no Ken Starr type making Shrubs life in the peoples house miserable, as it was for Clinton from day one of his time in office.
The republicans were like pit bulls. To the point of being an embarrassment
Shrubs administration appears to be able to get away with murder. Where is to cry for accountability.

Today Shrub is asking its once a nation to be envied, to look past the bloodshed in Iraq. Shrub has used the fear factor well.

Its criminal.
Angry and pissed off.

March 20, 2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

It was always about the oil. Now we can thank all the flag waving brain damaged beer swilling chemically imbalanced yahoos supporting this war for the gouging we're getting at the gas pump....this gives me an idea.

March 20, 2006 5:47 PM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

Oh PoP,
that article is so sad. I finally saw Syriana yesterday. It was very depressing. Makes an individual feel as if there's nothing one can really do.

March 20, 2006 6:58 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

You know, I came to the realization over at Neil Shakespeare's location that the reason why Saddam cost Iraq an invasion was that he didn't get the job done with Iran. So, that's the main reason for the invasion, to establish a launching point with all the fuel necessary to bomb the shit out of Iran.

What fun for the war-time-profiteers and fear mongers. The W, Rove and Co are in their glory days. Unfortunately for us, we pay the tab.

March 20, 2006 7:10 PM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

This is an amazing story by Greg Palast. It makes you wonder even more about BushCo and this terrible war in Iraq. As I said in one of my earlier posts, drip...drip...drip. Add one more drip to our torturous current events.

March 20, 2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger Pissedoffcabbie said...

Hey, I just read that a little earlier this evening. I was stunned by the truth of what Palast said. But, of course, they want Iraq to NOT sell oil. What were we thinking?

In a better world, this would be the headline of tomorrow's N.Y. Times, and the neocons would be running for the exits. Instead, we'll hear it on Air America while the other 70% fret over American Idol, and wonder why the weather's so strange. God bless their pointed little heads.

March 21, 2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

thanks for the link. i always thought oil played a big part, especially when they let people raid the museums, but had the oil fields secure

March 21, 2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Also...why does it have to be Mad Mamoud bombing the pipeline...perhaps it's our side putting the oil lines out of commission to keep the price up...I personally have thought that for some time. They all need a firing squad for what they have done. And we can't bring back any of the lives of the innocent Iraqi people or save those in the future from harm...because none of our lives will matter if we stand between them and the oil fields. It's like we know but we cannot do anything about it. We may have finally come upon the time when Americans will be forfeiting their lives to get it to stop. But we won't be patriot's...we'll be whatever they want to spin it to the rest of the blind country. Before the Russian revolution when a large crowd of peasants gathered to protest their hunger I don't think they thought they would die that day...but the soldiers on horseback had other orders...and soldiers do what soldiers do.

March 21, 2006 12:59 AM  

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