by Scott Creighton (reposted from Aug. 10th 2008)
One of the first things this administration did was meet with Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force in early 2001. Those meetings were kept secret and they have refused to disclose who was actually there, and what was discussed. We all know that.
“The Washington Post reported on November 15, 2005 that it had obtained documents detailing how executives from major oil corporations, including Exxon-Mobil Corp., Conoco, Royal Dutch Shell Oil Corp., and the American subsidiary of British Petroleum met with Energy Task Force participants while they were developing national energy policy. “Wiki
One thing MOST don’t know, is that Ted Olsen defended the Vice President’s office in keeping these meetings secret before the Supreme Court. Olsen ALSO represented this administration in their bid to stop the recount in Florida, thus putting this administration in the White House. AND, his wife was on one of the planes during 9/11, and is the only one on record (according to Ted Olsen, since it was really HIS testimony ABOUT the phone calls (that the FBI in the case against the “20th hijacker” said didn’t happen) from Barbara that established the whole “box-cutters” theme.
Curious isn’t it? How ONE man is so intertwined in the whole story line.
What don’t we know?
One of the next things they did was meet with the Taliban, also in early 2001. You see, the oil companies that Bush, Rice, Perle, Cheney and MANY others in this administration, really work for, wanted a pipeline to span from the new Mecca of oil reserves (Capsian Sea Basin) to the developing markets in South East Asia. They had been talking about it for years till the talks fell apart. Well, it seems the Taliban didn’t want what BushCo was selling in Jan. of 2001.
So here we are folks.
Think about the statement that Treasury Secretary O’Neil made when he said that at the very first NSA meeting, the President was telling everyone that he wanted a reason to go into Iraq. Right off the bat. Now we know they forged papers, and threats with the help of Cheney’s Office of Special Plans. We know they lied 935 times to us in the press. We know they lied at the State of the Union Address. We know they handed off no-bid cost-plus contracts and divided up Iraq’s oil between those 4 companies…
All that we know. But what the “progressive” media talking heads DON”T seem to know is that there was a reason that at that first NSA meeting, O’Neil didn’t hear talk about finding a way to get into Afghanistan… you see, they already had a plan for that.
Rice’s “foreign policy” team had been working on that since ’98 in George P. Shultz’s (life long subordinate to D. Rockefeller of Exxon Mobile and JP Morgan Chase fame) living room with the likes of Cheney and Wolfowitz, Perle (In July 2008, The Wall Street Journal reported that Perle had made plans to invest in oil interests in Iraq, in collaboration with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq) and Stephen Hadley. Was that it? Not quite.
There was also Dov S. Zakheim; a man, who at the time, headed System Planning Corporation, a company that made…. remote control systems for airliners to be used by the US Department of Defense for targeting practice of planes. That’s right; one member of the neo-con group The Vulcans, actually had access to systems that could fly 757’s by remote control.
Then, as fate would have it, in 2001, Dov took a job with Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, where he became THE GUY responsible for finding out what happened to the $2 trillion dollars that Rumsfeld announced was missing, on Sept. 10th, 2001. Small world, huh? (As it just so happens, it was that specific office that was hit on Sept. 11th. One day later.)
So you see? The bountiful prize of the Caspian Sea Basin, a place where the oil companies are already heavily invested, lies dead-center at the heart of what is happening in America right now. But they aren’t going there to prop-up our security as a nation. Just look at what has happened to the price of crude since 9/11. No, they aren’t interested in securing reserves to protect the “American Way of Life”. They are only interested in producing vast sums of wealth and power that will last for generations to come.
What follows is a brief history of the War for Oil situation in the Middle East. It comes from here. I want you to pay careful attention to the entry about the offshoot Georgia Republic and it’s pipeline that runs thru it. That pipeline , called Western Early, is of key importance to Exxon and Chevron, who, by the way, are already setting up shop in the Caspian Sea. That Pipeline is important to move oil and gas reserves from the Caspian to the Black Sea. So, once again, we are involved in yet another war for oil. Most people just don’t know it yet.
Think Iran is about nukes? Guess again. How could this criminal regime go thru all of this, just to allow Iran to finish construction of their pipeline that will do the same thing as the proposed Trans Afghan Pipeline, only faster and more directly? They couldn’t, because then there will be competition to move the Caspian Sea reserves to the ships waiting in the Gulf, so… guess what? When the bombs start flying you can bet your bottom dollar these areas will be strategical taken out, damaging the pipeline, and crippling a vast source of revenue for the Iranians. So, as we sit back waiting for Obama to save us; as we pat ourselves on the back telling each other just how incompetent this administration really is, I want you to know, at some point, just how much we have misunderstood the real foreign policy set so long ago by a group of heavily invested oil-barrons.
(The following is from A Timeline of Oil and Violence.)
|July 3, 1979||President Carter signed a secret directive aiding opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul, calculated to induce a Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. (See: Interview with former President Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski)|
|Mid to Late 1980s||Sept. 1986: In response to apparent successes of the Soviet Hind-D helicopter-gunship in Afghanistan, President Reagan authorized the shipment of Stinger missiles via Pakistan to Afghanistan. Overwhelmingly successful use of the Stinger resulted in neutralization of the Hind-D, and three years later (1989) to full Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.The US, wishing to increase its regional influence, worked with the Saudis to import an army of Saudis, Egyptians, and others into Afghanistan. The Saudis chose a member of a wealthy construction family with close royal family ties – Osama bin Laden – to lead the effort. Many of the men bin Laden recruited were connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, a regional fundamentalist group. bin Laden’s newly constructed army (shortly thereafter known as al Qaeda) successfully fought to settle Afghanistan in favor of an Afghan fundamentalist group, the Taliban. [See: Against All Enemies, Inside America's War on Terror; Richard A. Clark, Free Press (Simon & Schuster), 2004]|
|Dec. 1991||Collapse of the Soviet Union, and the birth of Caspian Sea nations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan (1).|
|1993||US Oil companies reached for the estimated 200 billion barrels of oil in the Caspian Sea area. (Also: 2 3 4 5 6)|
|1995||Unocal, seeking to build a pipeline across Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (for delivery to energy hungry Asia via the Pakistani Arabian Sea coast), signed an agreement with Turkmenistan for natural gas purchasing rights for transport through a proposed pipeline (7). (See also 2) Unocal also signed an agreement with Turkmenistan for an oil pipeline (8) along the same route.|
|Aug. 13, 1996||Unocal and Delta Oil Co. of Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding (9)with Russia’s Gazprom and Turkmenistan’s Turkmenrusgaz to build a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.|
|Oct. 1997||Unocal and other oil companies formed Central Asia Gas Pipeline, Ltd. (CentGas) (10) in preparation for building the trans-Afghanistan pipeline.|
|1997||US Congress passed a resolution declaring the Caspian and Caucasus region to be a “zone of vital American interests”.|
|Dec. 1997||Unocal invited Taliban representatives to their corporate headquarters in Sugarland, TX. (11) to discuss the pipeline project. They were thereafter invited to Washington for meetings with Clinton Administration officials.|
|Jan. 1998||Unocal agreement signed between Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban (12)to arrange funding of the gas pipeline project, with Unocal also considering a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Arabian Sea coast oil pipeline.|
|1998||VP Dick Cheney, then CEO of the giant oil services company, Halliburton, stated: “I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian.” (13)|
|Feb. 28, 1998||Unocal VP International Relations addressed US House of Representatives(14) clearly stating that the Taliban government should be removed and replaced by a government acceptable to his company. He argued that creation of a 42 inch oil pipeline across Afghanistan would yield a Western profit increase of 500% by 2015.|
|March 1998||Unocal announced a delay in finalizing the pipeline project (15) due to Afghanistan’s continuing civil war|
|Aug. 7, 1998||Terrorists said to be linked to Osama bin Laden bombed two US embassies (16) in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.|
|Aug. 20, 1998||Clinton ordered a 75-80 cruise missile attacks (17) on Afghanistan and Sudan targets.|
|Aug. 21, 1998||Unocal temporarily halted development of the pipeline(18) project following the US missile attack above.|
|Aug. 22, 1998||BBC reported that the US and al-Queda leader Osama bin Laden exchanged warnings (19) of things to come following the cruise missile attacks ordered two days earlier. (You may be required to copy and paste -> newsid_156000/156273.stm <- into the search window of this link to find this page.)|
|Nov. 1998||The Trade and Development Agency commissioned Enron to perform a feasibility study (20) re: an east-to-west route, crossing the Caspian Mountains and terminating in Turkey along the Mediterranean. (The route was considered impractical as it would cost an estimated $1 billion more than a route through Afghanistan.)|
|Dec. 1998||Unocal issued a statement (21) that it had withdrawn from the pipeline project on 12/4/98, noting “business reasons.”|
|April 30, 1999||Excluding US interests,Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Turkmenistan reactivated the pipeline project (22 – cached copy via Google) (see also 22a)|
|July 4, 1999||An executive order (13129) was issued by Clinton, freezing US held Taliban assets (23), & prohibiting trade plus other transactions. (See also: 23a)|
|Oct. 15, 1999||UN Security Council Resolution 1267 imposed sanctions on the Taliban (24a), demanding that the Taliban “turn over the terrorist Usama Bin Laden without further delay…”|
|Oct. 12, 2000||The USS Cole was attacked (25) in the Yemeni port of Aden.|
|Dec. 19, 2000||UN Security Council Resolution 1333 (24b) demanded compliance with Resolution 1267, and imposed further sanctions on the Taliban (24b).|
|Jan. – Feb. 2001||Upon taking office, the Bush administration immediately engaged in active negotiations with Taliban representatives (27) with meetings in Washington, DC, Berlin, and Islamabad. During this time the Taliban government hired Laila Helms, niece of former CIA director Richard Helms (28), as their go-between in negotiations with the US government.Bush (oil) administration (29) includes:
|May 15, 2001||Regarding the placement of the Unocal Pipeline, a US Official delivered this ultimatum to the Taliban (via the Pakistani delegation acting as their interlocutors): “Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.” (Ref: Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie in “Forbidden Truth” (31) (Book’s Preface online-pdf format (32) )|
|June 2001||US Ambassador to Yemen, Ms. Barbara Bodine forbade Deputy Director FBI John O’Neill (33)from entering Yemen in that group’s ongoing investigation into al-Qaeda and the USS Cole attack.|
|July 2001||Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July (34a) that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. (See also BBC report(34b))|
|Aug. 2, 2001||Last meeting with the Taliban (5 weeks before the 9/11/01 attack). (35)Christina Rocca, in charge of Central Asian affairs for US government, met with the Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan (Abdul Salam Zaeef) in Islamabad, at which time Taliban representatives were reminded that the US had provided monetary relief assistance. (The above referenced State Department report fails to mention that oil topics were also discussed.) (36).|
|Aug. 22, 2001||John O’Neill – Deputy director FBI, established national expert on the al-Qaeda network and in charge of that investigation, resigned in protest over the Bush Administration’s obstruction (37) of those investigations. (See also: New Yorker 1/14/02 (37a) )|
|Aug. 23, 2001||John O’Neill accepted position as chief of security, World Trade Center buildings (38). NOTE: Electronic security for the World Trade Center was provided by Securacom (now Stratesec), a company initially founded with Kuwaiti capital. Marvin P. Bush, President George W. Bush’s youngest brother served as a Securicom/Stratesec board member from 1993 through 2000. (38a)|
|Sept. 4-11, 2001||July – Sept. 2000 – Pakistani Intelligence Chief (ISI) Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad reportedly instructed British born Saeed Sheikh(alias: Ahmad Umar Sheikh, Mustafa Muhammad Ahmed, ….) in Pakistan to wire $100,000 (7/00-9/00) to two Florida bank accounts held by hijacker Mohammed Atta. (Washington Post 10-7-01 (39a), (Times of India 10-9-01 (30b), (Dawn News 10-9-01 (39c), (World Net Daily 1-30-02 (30d), (Times of India 08-1-03 (39e)Sept. 4, 2001 – ISI’s Lt. General Ahmad entered the United States and subsequently met with many top officials within the Bush Administration. (Philadelphia City Paper 12-20-01 (39f), (Counterpunch 10-1-02 (39g)Sept. 11, 2001 – Lt. General Ahmad concluded a breakfast meeting with Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), Representative Porter Goss (R-FL), and Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ). (Graham and Goss subsequently served as CO-Chairs of the Joint-Intelligence Committee investigating the 9/11 attacks.) (Counterpunch 10-1-02 (39h) (Online Journal 8-7-03 (39i), (S.A.Tribune 4-11-04 (39j)During Ahmad’s brief stay in the US, he also met with: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE). (Dawn News 9-10-01 (39k), (Reuters 9/13/01 (39l), (Deutsche Presse-Agentur 9-12-01 (39m), Center for Cooperative Research – See: section: Sept. 11-16 (39n)|
|Sept. 9, 2001||Ahmed Shah Masood was assassinated in Afghanistan (40). His assassination severely weakened the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, which he had led.|
|Sept. 11, 2001||World Trade Center attacked by al Qaeda; fifteen of the nineteen were from Saudi Arabia [41a, 41b]. John O’Neill, WTC security chief, and former deputy director of the FBI, where he headed investigation of the al-Qaeda network, was killed in those buildings on that day. (41c)|
|Sept. 28, 2001||UN Security Council Resolution 1373 imposed further sanctions on the Taliban (26).|
|Oct. 7, 2001||Military operations with aerial bombardment began in Afghanistan (42)|
|Oct. 31, 2001||The Bush White House drafted an unprecedented executive order (43a) sealing presidential records including those of prior administrations. [See also: US House Committee on Governmental Reform analysis (43b)]|
|Dec. 22, 2001||The US-backed interim government headed by Hamid Karzai took office in Kabul, Afghanistan (44a). (Hamid Karzai had formerly functioned as a Unocal Corporation consultant (44b) )|
|Dec. 31, 2001||Bush appointed Zalmay Khalilzad, as his Special Envoy to Afghanistan (45a). Zhalilzad, like Karzai had earlier functioned as a Unocal consultant, participating in 1997 talks between Unocal and Taliban officials. (Regarding Zhalilzad’s “neocon” credentials, See: 45b).|
|Jan. 29, 2002||CNN reported: “President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of 9/11/01″ (46).|
|Feb 8, 2002||Afghanistan’s interim ruler Hamid Karzai and the Pakistan president agreed to revive plans (47a) for a trans-Afghanistan pipeline..|
|Feb 9, 2002||Turkmenistan officially stated that they hoped their trans-Afghanistan route would be soon built.|
|Feb. 2002||Proposal to deploy US Special Operations forces to the Caucasus state of Georgia (47b) (would help enforce a Washington pipeline policy – neutralizing Russian influence in Central Asia.)|
|May 13, 2002||Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai to hold talks with his Pakistani and Turkmenistan counterparts (47c) regarding a pipeline from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, and through Pakistan to the coast. Mohammad Alim Razim, Afghanistan’s minister for Mines and Industries, stated Unocal was considered “the lead company” to build the pipeline. (See also: 47d.)|
|May 30, 2002||Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan agreed to construct a gas pipeline to the subcontinent (48a) (See also: 48b.)|
|Nov. 2004||The annual US Government estimate for opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan was released Nov. 2004 (49): approximately 206,700 hectares of poppy were grown in 2004, representing a 239% increase in production over 2003 estimates.|
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