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Date Posted: 08:39:02 07/06/05 Wed
Author: Chuck in ND
Subject: Maybe it really IS all about oil

So many of the libs keeps saying this war (and most of our wars) is all about oil. I've usually dismissed that as just the liberal envy of successful business. But I'm reading The Sorrow of Empire by Chalmers Johnson right now and now I'm getting a little of that lib scepticism. Fascinating reading!

Anyway, Johnson points out that the world's potentially largest oil reserve is in the Caspian Sea area, until 1989 under the control of USSR who ignored it because they were busy exploiting their Siberian reserves. Now it belongs to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakistan, Georgia and...Iran. Not coincidentally two of our biggest, fanciest military bases are now in...Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

We routinely send military "trainers" to these countries. Did you know that? The DoD has given National Guard units assignments to train in these coutnries. The AZ NG got Kazakistan, the LA NG worked in Uzbekistan and MT NG trains extensively in Kyrgyzstan. Other special military units have been given special assignments to train in these countries.

Here's the kicker: the list of people working on the Kazakistan pipeline (to get the oil to the west) reads like a who's who of the GOP: Condoleeza Rice was Chevron's chief advisor on the project (Chevron even named an oil tanker after her, but changed the name in April 2001 "to eliminate the uncecessary attention caused by the vessel's orginal name" LOL)

As a member of Kazakistan's Oil Advisory Board, Dick Cheney helped broker the deal between Chevron and Kazakistan.

James Baker III's law firm Baker Botts also had a hand in brokering the deal. His law firm maintains an office in Baku (Azerbaijan) staffed by five attorneys. He and Cheney are both members of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce advisory council. The council's co-chairman is Dick Armitage (who is a veteran administrator of the US's involvement in the Afghanistan war against the then-USSR)

Brent Scowcroft is a member of the Pennzoil, an active member of the Caspian Sea consortia.

This is getting interesting...

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