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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Thanks For Those Low Gas Prices Mr. President

by Jay Allbritton
Part of the sales pitch for the Iraq War, one that the American people lapped up, was that we would get low gas prices out it.

Sure, Iraq becomes the 51st state and we get an endless supply of fuel pumped into our SUVs. We could even invent bigger vehicles than SUVs. Bigger than Hummers. Monster trucks and school busses all around.
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Well, this week we're entering the fourth year of this war and Bush can't complain about his support--he hasn't got any. A big reason for that is because the slow ones among us are figuring out that Bush screwed the pooch on the war.

Hold everything, says Greg Palast--a man who knows this scandalous crew.

According to Palast, Bush didn't miss a trick. Bush and Dick Cheney pulled off exactly what two of the wealthiest oil men in history would be expected to pull off if the voters were ever foolish enough to let them into the White House.

Palast be saying:
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,

Operation
Iraqi
Liberation.

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.
He adds:
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.
Follow the money and you'll find the power and all the abuses your God will allow.

VIDEO: Greg Palast has been a thorn in the side of the Bushs and their cohorts for a long time. Here's Palast making his case.

UPDATE/VIDEO: Bush said at a press conference today that the end of the American military presence in Iraq would "be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq." Well, I guess that means we need us a future President pronto.

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