Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I'm telling you for Palast time: Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools "It's about (less) OIL!!!" (Plus, they're definitely Jonesin' for tyranny...)

[Ed note: sorry, I can't post any more pictures for some reason, it might be something on this computer, please bear with me and check-a-da-text...]


Man, I love Greg Palast.

He's the brilliantly badass American investigative journalist who's discovered the massive U.S. voter fraud in the 2000 and 2004 (and hopefully 2008!) elections; Bush's missing military service records describing his missing military service; Dick Cheney's secret energy task force documents that show his secret energy reserves for planning to screw the world (he gets excited!); and countless other stories that he proudly presents for the BBC and The Guardian UK.

That's right, the best journalist in America can't get published in an American newspaper. And you wonder why 90% of the world - including nearly all our democratic allies, don't agree with anything we're doing these days.

It appears the world knows something America doesn't.


Go figure.

Here, you can see his Palasting impact at:

The interesting thing about this article is it shows that the incompetence of the Bush Administration - which is reaching colossal proportions, can't possibly be chalked up to incompetence.

To wit: nobody, and I mean nobody, could be this incompetent on purpose.

Besides: another word for incompetent - in this case, is "evil".

And that makes things a whole lot more comprehensible, not to mention eliciting our culpability in either understanding it or being victimized by it.

And that's where Alex Jones comes in, a brilliant young man who sounds like he's been through the ringer in deciphering the deceits of the day. All his gravel-voiced ranting belies a priceless depth of perception that could actually help Save The World, kind of like Chris Rock, another Philosopher King we gotta listen to.

The reason Jones is so important is that he puts all the other less conspiratorial theories in context, kind of like a grand-unification theory, and clearly explains the difference between the goals of the "elite" and how they sell us their jobs in maintaining and running the country.

To wit:

The fact that there are increasing numbers of homeless people, poor people, jailed people, angry people, addicted people, depressed people, and other supposedly un-American anomalies in a society that's supposed to be evolving and improving - just like the "economy", according to Lord Bush, proves one thing:

The Leaders of Governments and Corporations Often Don't Care About People.

Once we understand the most destructive and tyrannical forces in history have always been governments, be they lead by Kings and Queens in the past or Presidents and Prime Ministers in the bloodiest century in history - the 20th Century, then we can understand their actions in better context.

Though they've worked together in the past, what Palast doesn't say here is what Jones would fill in:

As long as they increase poverty and despair through punishing gas prices - among several other means, they can increase the prison population, the number of military and police recruits, and the overall chaos and fear that will necessitate the rise of the police state.


I'm not sure if you heard, but Exxon Mobil made the highest recorded profits in American corporate history last year.


You can Google it, or you can check this article among several others:

Exxon profits hit fresh US record

You may not have heard about this either, but there was a plan by a handful of corporate families to overthrow the U.S. government and to install a fascist dictatorship similar to Adolph Hitler's. It was foiled by General Smedley Butler, the war hero they'd recruited, and a man who later became a pacifist because he was disgusted by the fact that the wars he fought had been solely to advance the interests of U.S. corporations.


You can Google it, or you can check this source among several others:

The Business Plot, The Plot Against FDR, or The White House Putsch

The bottom line?

They're trying again.

And... they're always trying.

While it's a crappy thing to do, as long as we continue to build on the connections between the millions of people trying to stop it and avoid bickering amongst ourselves with parallel theories that in fact often work just fine together, then I think we'll be fine.

We've got to narrow the enemies list fast folks, and the first thing to do is to take each other off it.

"Qui bono?"

"Who profits?"

Peace by playing with all the peaces...



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Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools

Written by Greg Palast - The Gaurdian

Tuesday, 21 March 2006

Get off it. All the carping, belly-aching and complaining about George Bush's incompetence in Iraq, from both the Left and now the Right, is just dead wrong.

On the third anniversary of the tanks rolling over Iraq's border, most of the 59 million Homer Simpsons who voted for Bush are beginning to doubt if his mission was accomplished.

But don't kid yourself -- Bush and his co-conspirator, Dick Cheney, accomplished exactly what they set out to do. In case you've forgotten what their real mission was, let me remind you of White House spokesman Ari Fleisher's original announcement, three years ago, launching of what he called,


O.I.L. How droll of them, how cute. Then, Karl Rove made the giggling boys in the White House change it to "OIF" -- Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the 101st Airborne wasn't sent to Basra to get its hands on Iraq's OIF.

"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.

And what did the USA want Iraq to do with Iraq's oil? The answer will surprise many of you: and it is uglier, more twisted, devilish and devious than anything imagined by the most conspiracy-addicted blogger. The answer can be found in a 323-page plan for Iraq's oil secretly drafted by the State Department. Our team got a hold of a copy; how, doesn't matter. The key thing is what's inside this thick Bush diktat: a directive to Iraqis to maintain a state oil company that will "enhance its relationship with OPEC."

Enhance its relationship with OPEC??? How strange: the government of the United States ordering Iraq to support the very OPEC oil cartel which is strangling our nation with outrageously high prices for crude.

Specifically, the system ordered up by the Bush cabal would keep a lid on Iraq's oil production -- limiting Iraq's oil pumping to the tight quota set by Saudi Arabia and the OPEC cartel.

There you have it. Yes, Bush went in for the oil -- not to get MORE of Iraq's oil, but to prevent Iraq producing TOO MUCH of it.

You must keep in mind who paid for George's ranch and Dick's bunker: Big Oil. And Big Oil -- and their buck-buddies, the Saudis -- don't make money from pumping more oil, but from pumping LESS of it. The lower the supply, the higher the price.

It's Economics 101. The oil industry is run by a cartel, OPEC, and what economists call an "oligopoly" -- a tiny handful of operators who make more money when there's less oil, not more of it. So, every time the "insurgents" blow up a pipeline in Basra, every time Mad Mahmoud in Tehran threatens to cut supply, the price of oil leaps. And Dick and George just LOVE it.

Dick and George didn't want more oil from Iraq, they wanted less. I know some of you, no matter what I write, insist that our President and his Veep are on the hunt for more crude so you can cheaply fill your family Hummer; that somehow, these two oil-patch babies are concerned that the price of gas in the USA is bumping up to $3 a gallon.

No so, gentle souls. Three bucks a gallon in the States (and a quid a litre in Britain) means colossal profits for Big Oil, and that makes Dick's ticker go pitty-pat with joy. The top oily-gopolists, the five largest oil companies, pulled in $113 billion in profit in 2005 -- compared to a piddly $34 billion in 2002 before Operation Iraqi Liberation. In other words, it's been a good war for Big Oil.

As per Plan Bush, Bahr Al-Ulum became Iraq's occupation oil minister; the conquered nation "enhanced its relationship with OPEC;" and the price of oil, from Clinton peace-time to Bush war-time, shot up 317%.

In other words, on the third anniversary of invasion, we can say the attack and occupation is, indeed, a Mission Accomplished. However, it wasn't America's mission, nor the Iraqis'. It was an Mission Accomplished for OPEC and Big Oil.

Palast returns to the pages of the Guardian today with this column. Catch his commentaries weekly.

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