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Bush, Oil & Iraq: Some Truth at Last - Alexander Cockburn (cafe-uni) --__--__-- Message: 1 From: "cafe-uni" <cafe-uni@DELETETHISfreeuk.com> To: "Casi News" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Bush, Oil & Iraq: Some Truth at Last - Alexander Cockburn Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 14:00:12 -0000 > January 14, 2004 > The O'Neill / Suskind Bombshells > Bush, Oil & Iraq: Some Truth at Last > By ALEXANDER COCKBURN > http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn01142004.html > > Here we have former US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill disclosing that > George Bush came into office planning to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and MSNBC > polls its audience with the question, Did O'Neill Betray Bush? > > Is that really the big question? The White House had a sharper nose for the > real meat of Leslie Stahl's 60 Minutes interview with O'Neill and Ron > Suskind, the reporter who based much of his expose of the Bush White House, > The Price of Loyalty, on 19,000 government documents O'Neill provided him. > > What bothers the White House is one particular National Security Council > document shown in the 60 Minutes interview, clearly drafted in the early > weeks of the new administration, which showed plans for the post-invasion > dispersal of Iraq's oil assets among the world's great powers, starting with > the major oil companies. > > For the brief moment it was on the tv screen one could see that this bit of > paper, stamped Secret, was undoubtedly one of the most explosive documents > in the history of imperial conspiracy. Here, dead center in the camera's > lense, was the refutation of every single rationalization for the attack on > Iraq ever offered by George W. Bush and his co-conspirators, including Tony > Blair > > That NSC document told 60 Minutes' vast audience the attack on Iraq was not > about national security in the wake of 9/ll. It was not about weapons of > mass destruction. It was not about Saddam Hussein's possible ties to Osama > bin Laden. It was about stealing Iraq's oil, same way the British stole it > three quarter of a century earlier. The major oil companies drew up the map, > handed it to their man George, helped him (through such trusties as James > Baker) steal the 2000 election and then told him to get on with the attack. > > O'Neill says that the Treasury Department's lawyers okayed release of the > document to him. The White House, which took 78 days to launch an > investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA officer, clearly > regards the disclosure of what Big Oil wanted as truly reprehensible, as > opposed to endangering the life of Ms Plame. It's going after O'Neill for > this supposed security breach. > > Forget about O'Neill "betraying" Bush. How about Bush lying to the American > people? It's obvious from that document that Bush, on the campaign trail in > 2000, was as intent on regime change in Iraq as was Clinton in his second > term and as Gore was publicly declaring himself to be. > > Here's Bush in debate with Gore, October 3, 2000: > > "If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in > nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming > down the road. I'm going to prevent that." > > The second quote is from a joint press conference with Tony Blair on January > 31, 2003. Bush rationalizes: > > "Actually, prior to September 11, we were discussing smart sanctions. We > were trying to fashion a sanction regime that would make it more likely to > be able to contain somebody like Saddam Hussein. After September 11, the > doctrine of containment just doesn't hold any water. The strategic vision of > our country shifted dramatically because we now recognize that oceans no > longer protect us, that we're vulnerable to attack. And the worst form of > attack could come from somebody acquiring weapons of mass destruction and > using them on the American people. I now realize the stakes. I realize the > world has changed. My most important obligation is to protect the American > people from further harm, and I will do that." > > In his cabinet meetings before 9/11 Bush may, in O'Neill's words, have been > like a blind man in a room full of deaf people. But, as O'Neill also says, > in those early strategy meetings Bush did say the plan from the start was to > attack Iraq, using any pretext. Bush's language about "smart sanctions" from > the press conference at the start of last year was as brazen and far more > momentous a lie as any of those that earned Bill Clinton the Republicans' > impeachment charges. > > > > End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk