Cheney, The Man Who Loves War.
By A. Burt
As a combat veteran I am adamantly opposed to war and violence. In most cases no good comes from it especially not a war fought strictly for political purposes as is this one we’re now in. Long before we invaded Iraq I knew they had few if any weapons of mass destruction. They did at one time because we sold them to them. They were not connected to 9/11 or bin Laden and his group. Saddam had no terrorist groups that threatened us and were well contained. We installed a no fly zone to the north and south of the country even though they had no Air Force. The United States and Britain were the only one’s to fly into this zone. We now know without a doubt that all the reasons given for invading were lies and contrary to most intelligence reports.
Anyone who disagreed were fired or publicly demonized by this Administration. The reason of our being there has changed almost daily with the exposure of the lies as they are disclosed. And there disclosure is fought tooth and nail by the White House and its staff. So why are we there? Why did we invade? I’ll now offer just a few of the reasons and I won’t include Bush’s childish statement that “he tried to kill my Dad.”
While Vice President Cheney has refused to tell who helped him create his energy policy, fought subpoenas to disclose who was there and President Bush has classified the visitors log to Cheney’s office as secret stating it was for national security concerns, a broad term he uses to hide his crimes, A report from the Wall Street Journal was more telling and this was prior to the war.
On 1/16/03 the Wall Street Journal reported that officials from the White House, State Department, and Department of Defense have been meeting informally with executives from Halliburton, Schlumberger, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and ConocoPhillips to plan the post-war expansion of oil production from Iraq (whose oilfields were largely held by US companies prior to their nationalization). The Journal story has since been denied by Administration officials; but, as the Guardian noted on 1/27/03, "It stretches credulity somewhat to imagine that the subject has never been broached.”
Cheney even stated when he issued his own national energy plan that it declared "The [Persian] Gulf will be a primary focus of U.S. international energy policy."
Further in sight came when the Neo Conservative report the-Strategic Energy Policy challenges for the 21st Century-was dusted off when Bush took office and put to use. It states, The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a de-stabilizing influence: "The influence to ... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/ diplomatic assessments."
But the telling statement came from Anthony H. Cordesman, senior analyst at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies: "Regardless of whether we say so publicly, we will go to war, because Saddam sits at the center of a region with more than 60 percent of all the world's oil reserves."
This was before the war so the reason should be clear…OIL.
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