Big Oil Rulers 
Part Two

Date: 2008

See part one here.

     The Big Oil cartel connected with the Bush family is gambling billions in the Caucasus--not their own money, of course, but taxpayer subsidies--to strike it rich in the Caspian oil fields. These oil companies and their subsidiaries make money by creating new regional wars to which American troops are sent, with transportation and weaponry systems supplied by the same complex of corporations. Naturally, these ventures will be paid for by American taxpayers, with our money and the lives of our sons and daughters, while obscene profits will be realized by the oil rulers.

     Now that Dubya got into office through a coup d'etat, having raised the largest campaign war chest in American history from these very same oil and defense industry interests, the oil cartel will have an even tighter death grip on the United States. These corporations consider the Bush campaign an investment, looking to a huge payoff from the profits of the biggest oil bonanza in history. Now that Bush has made it to the White House, a new Cold War era is almost guaranteed.

     As George Bush Sr.'s hitman for the Gulf War, Dick Cheney bullied and coerced the middle-eastern countries into supporting Bush's War for Oil. As the senior Bush's Secretary of Defense, Cheney high-pressured Saudi Arabian officials in August 1990 after Iraq had invaded Kuwait. The Saudi monarchy, which maintains its power with the aid of U.S. weaponry, agreed to cooperate after Cheney claimed Iraq planned to attack the country's border.

      Cheney led similar missions to Egypt, Morocco and other Middle Eastern and North African countries to coerce military cooperation. Without this arm-twisting, the U.S. military would have faced much stiffer opposition to its war on Iraq.

      The 1991 Gulf War devastated Iraq's people and infrastructure, causing enormous social and personal difficulties.

      However, Bush Sr., Cheney and the Republicans didn't act alone in these war crimes. Democrats in both the Senate and the House gave the war their blessing on January 12, 1991.

     The Clinton-Gore administration carried out aerial bombardments on Iraq every week and the Democrats were heavily involved in the deadly sanctions against Iraq. On Aug. 2, 1990--before a single bomb was dropped or artillery shell fired at Iraq--"liberal Democratic" U.S. Senators George Mitchell, Edward Kennedy and Joseph Biden stood next to right wingers Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms to sponsor a resolution urging "a full economic blockade against Iraq."

      Democrats and Republicans alike continue to support this genocidal policy. Sanctions have taken a terrible toll on the Iraqi people. At least 1.5 million people, mostly children under 5, have died as a result of the U.S.-imposed United Nations sanctions. Five thousand more perish each month.

      Cheney later became CEO of the Dallas-based Halliburton Company, which over a five year period paid him a whopping $65 million in salary and stock options. Halliburton gave Cheney a $20 million farewell package when he became the Republican Vice Presidential nominee.

      Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, continues to enrich itself from the decision made by Cheney at the Pentagon to privatize the military's logistical support facilities. Brown and Root were given lucrative Pentagon contracts in Kuwait and throughout the world exceeding $3.8 billion a year. Joe Lopez, Cheney's aide in the Defense Department, is now chief operating officer of Brown and Root.

     Of the two candidates, Dubya is decidedly the choice of Big Oil.

     Gore's connection to Big Oil and Big Money is no less notorious than Dubya's. His father, longtime Tennessee Senator Al Gore, Sr., maintained close relations with the infamous international wheeler-dealer and Kremlin favorite, Dr. Armand Hammer. In his book Dossier, Edward Jay Epstein maintained that Gore senior was Hammer's principal contact among the Democrats in the House. In 1950, Hammer made Congressman Gore a partner in a cattle-breeding business, from which Gore made a substantial profit. Hammer was Gore Sr.'s guest at five presidential inaugurations, including that of John F. Kennedy. Senator Al Gore, Jr. invited Hammer to be his guest at Ronald Reagan's inauguration.

     When Gore Sr. was defeated for reelection to the Senate in 1970, after 32 years in Congress, Hammer appointed Gore president of Island Creek Coal, the nation's third largest coal producer and made Gore a vice president of Occidental Petroleum with a hefty $500,000 annual salary.

     Gore Sr. was a very effective lackey:
  • arranging for President Kennedy to give Hammer his official approval for Hammer to travel to the Soviet Union where he met Soviet leader, Nikita Krushchev
  • defending Hammer, on the floor of the Senate, against accusations of attempted bribery
  • writing a letter of introduction to the American ambassador in Libya, asking the ambassador to arrange a meeting between Hammer and King Idris I of Libya
  • accompanying Hammer to Libya when Hammer's Libyan oil pipeline opened operations.
Al Jr.'s Russian Connection

     Junior struck up backroom alliances with Russian financial gangsters such as Viktor Chernomyrdin, who turned Russia's huge energy reserves into corrupt personal fiefdoms after the collapse of the Soviet regime. With Gore's support, Chernomyrdin became prime minister of the Russian Federation.

      Chernomyrdin and his cohorts--backed by the Russian Mafia--stole Russia's natural resources such as oil, gold, timber and daimonds, hawking them on the black market in Russia and abroad. The proceeds were stashed in numbered bank accounts all over Western europe.

     An equal opportunity scoundrel, Al Jr. became the "Solicitor General" for the 1996 Democratic campaign, dunning Big Money contributors at home and abroad, especially China. Al barely escaped indictment with some fancy verbal footwork: "I didn't do anything wrong and I won't do it again."

     The Clinton/Gore administration has now decided to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This is a key strategy in the Gore campaign:
  • Bush is tied into foreign oil and any use of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve lowers the price of foreign oil
  • U.S. voters are fed up with high gasoline prices and Gore may be seen as the good guy who lowered those prices

     Energy Secretary Bill Richardson maintained that "this is not political," as he announced the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve over the next 30 days. It was no accident that Gore was campaigning in Vanport, PA when Richardson made the announcement. Vanport is one of many U.S. communities where the price of heating oil has doubled within a year. When a member of the audience said that since Bush was a "big oilman" he "isn't going to do too much" about rising oil prices, Gore merely said, "No comment."