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Pending war with Iraq is about appeasing Bush’s oil buddies

Many people realize that George W. Bush has accomplished little or nothing on his own. His business ventures and his political fortunes have been products of his family connections and the massive financial support of his campaign contributors, particularly the energy industry.

The Bush administration’s war-mongering is nothing but a simple payback to the energy industry, the real power in the executive branch. It is the aim of this industry to keep Americans dependent on huge quantities of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

The war effort is just a convenient way for the industry to use the U.S. military to increase the industry’s control over the supply and distribution of these resources.

Consider the following facts:

1. Prior to the last presidential campaign, Vice President Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, an oil field services company. Halliburton subsidiaries did $73 million in business with Saddam Hussein. Cheney is intimately familiar with Iraqi oil resources.

2. Energy industry executives dominated the Bush election campaign, the Republican Party’s recount effort in Florida – and now they dominate his staff in the White House.

3. Enron and its CEO, Kenneth Lay, were Bush’s biggest campaign contributors.

4. At least 40 Bush staff members had meaningful connections to Enron. In addition, the secretary of the army, Thomas E. White, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice are both former energy executives. White served 20 years at Enron and Rice was on Chevron’s board of directors for 10 years.

5. Cheney ran the Bush administration’s Energy Task Force in total secrecy.

6. Despite lawsuits and court orders to release task force information, the Bush administration has refused to release more than 16,000 pages. What could be so incriminating in those meeting notes? Perhaps they include plans for a war in Iraq six months before the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

7. North Korea has been particularly belligerent in the past nine months, admitting a nuclear weapons program, launching missiles into the Sea of Japan and threatening a pre-emptive strike against the United States. The Bush Administration recommends negotiating with North Korea and even offers food aid. Yet it maintains we must go to war in Iraq. Obviously there is no oil in North Korea.

8. Adelphia and Qwest corporate scandals have been in the news, with indictments of corporate executives, while Enron, the Grand Daddy of scandals, has disappeared from the headlines.

I might be more inclined to trust the Bush administration if the children of Bush, Cheney and Ken Lay were on the front lines. However, you can bet your worthless Enron 401K plan that it will be the children of impoverished ex-Enron employees fighting and dying in Iraq.

Tell me again that this warmongering is not about oil.

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