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     Your job, your family, and your very life are being used as pawns in the globalization game US rulers are playing.

      Just as American servicemen and servicewomen are being used as cannon fodder in wars from which this demonic cabal reaps huge profits.

      While the cabal and its political, economic, and military puppets are toying with your life, Americans are kept in the dark as to this deadly game of globalization orchestrated through the cabal's World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank.

      In this essay, we'll see how globalization and privatization are carried out and how they explain US history since the beginning of the twentieth century. Of immediate importance, the cabal's world economic conquest provides insight as to why 9/11 was perpetrated by cabal puppets, the reason for the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, and why the cabal is now waging war against Iran.


     Understanding the full impact of this new information requires that you read the background material which explains the cabal's overall strategy of world domination.

      We find it difficult to comprehend why the cabal's puppets--Bush, Cheney, this week's military leaders--are putting additional American service personnel in harm's way.

      Globalization and privatization (war profiteering) explain this and other enigmatic behavior on the part of the cabal.


The Cabal's Economic Invasion of the Middle East

      To understand why the cabal--in the guise of its Obama junta--has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and is now in the process of attacking Libya and next, Iran. We have only to remind ourselves that Iran has the world's third-largest known oil reserves and that Iraq has the fourth largest.

"Guaranteeing access to Iraq's oil, however isn't the whole story. Despite the lives lost and the utter ruin that the war has brought, the overarching economic agenda that the administration is successfully pursuing in the Middle East might be the most enduring legacy of the war--and the most ignored.

"Just two months after declaring 'mission accomplished' in Iraq, Bush announced his plans for a U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Area to spread the economic invasion well-underway in Iraq to the rest of the region by 2013. Negotiations have progressed rapidly as countries seek to prove that they are with the United States, not against it."

Antonia Juhasz, "Spoils of War: Oil, the U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Area and the Bush Agenda," In These Times, 1/15/07


      Precisely ten days after Bush illegally seized power in 2000, Vice President Dick Cheney created the National Energy Policy Development Group to secure Iraq's oil for U.S. companies. Cheney's accomplices produced lists naming more than 60 companies from some 30 countries with Iraqi contracts for oil and gas projects.

          None of these contracts were with American firms. At that time, sanctions were imposed on Iraq, so none of the contracts could be put into force. Unfortunately for Bush and Cheney, public opinion had turned against the sanctions, so it was becoming increasingly likely that they would soon be removed. If Saddam remained in power, the sanctions would likely be removed and the contracts would go to all of those foreign oil companies. The U.S. oil industry would be out in the cold.

      But the corporate campaign donations in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 paid off. Bush lied the US into a senseless war in Iraq. One hundred and sixty thousand American troops remain in Iraq to make sure that all the looting through production sharing agreements (PSAs) is finalized and to guard the Iraqi oil fields. It's estimated that Iraq has 80 oil fields, only seventeen of which have been discovered or developed. Under the new oil law--written into the Iraqi constitution--those 17 will be under the control of the Iraqi national oil company, a cabal puppet agency which agrees to PSAs at the drop of a bribe.

      By provision of the Iraq oil law, all undiscovered oil fields are now open to PSAs. Depending on how much oil is found in Iraq, foreign companies will have control over at least 64 percent of Iraq's oil and as much as 84 percent.

      Since Bush invaded Iraq, more than 150 U.S. companies have been awarded contracts for post-war work in Iraq totaling more than $50 billion thus far.


So What's Been the Hold Up in Iraq?

     When Paul Bremer left Iraq in June 2004, he put two toadies in charge of the Bush economic conquest agenda: Ayad Allawi, interim Prime Minister and Adel Abdul Mahdi, interim Finance Minister. Two months later, Allawi (a former CIA asset) submitted guidelines for a new petroleum law to Iraq's Supreme Council for Oil Policy. The guidelines declared "an end to the centrally planned and state dominated Iraqi economy" and advised the "Iraqi government to disengage from running the oil sector, including management of the planned Iraq National Oil Company (INOC), and that the INOC be partly privatized in the future."

      On December 21, 2004, Mahdi joined U.S. Undersecretary of State Alan Larson at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce Iraq's plans for a new petroleum law that would open the oil sector to private foreign investment.

      Since al-Maliki replaced Alawi as Prime Minister, the Bush administration and U.S. oil companies have put constant pressure on Iraq to pass the petroleum law. This is why the cabal and its Bush lackeys were playing ball with Maliki, so he and the rest of his government would pass the oil law. Bush inserted an additional 22,000 troops in Iraq in January, 2007 to put pressure on Maliki and other government officials to pass the petroleum law. In July 2006, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced in Baghdad that oil executives told him that their companies would not enter Iraq without passage of the new oil law. Petroleum Economist magazine reported that U.S. oil companies considered passage of the new oil law more important than increased security when deciding whether to go into business in Iraq.

          On February 26th, the Iraqi cabinet approved the draft of a law that would set guidelines for nationwide distribution of oil revenues and foreign investment in the immense oil industry. When the final draft of the law is approved by the Iraqi cabinet, the cabal will have won that important goal in its Iraq war: American corporations will essentially control Iraq's oil.

      That's the primary provision in the Baker Iraq Study Group report. If you've fallen for the propaganda that Bush isn't following Baker's plan, look at the group report in more detail.

   U.S. oil companies wanted access to as much of Iraq's oil as they could get, so Iraq's war-ravaged and occupied condition worked to the companies' benefit. American corporations patiently waited and let the Iraqi civil war finally force the Iraqis to turn over their oil and their government to them.

   Meanwhile, the cabal and its Obama junta are holding American troops hostage in Iraq until they make all the final arrangements. Once the Iraqis turn over their oil to the cabal, 160,000 American troops will provide protection for the corporations' oil pipelines and refining plants.


"The fact is that not everyone is losing in Iraq. Indeed, while the Bush administration's wars of choice have brought unnecessary death, destruction, and disaster to millions, including many from the Unites States, they have also brought fortunes and prosperity to war profiteers. At the heart of the reluctance to withdraw from Iraq lies the profiteers' unwillingness to give up further fortunes and spoils of war."

Ismael Hossein-zadeh, 1 "Why the US Is Not Leaving Iraq"
Crimes and Corruptions of the New World Order News Website, 1/10/07

      If another half million Iraqis and a thousand more US soldiers die in the meantime, the cabal leaders couldn't care less. Dictators don't worry about the slaughter of "little people" and they definitely don't listen to American citizens when they express their opinions and feelings in elections and polls.


Iraq Is the Recruitment Poster for the Cabal's Economic Conquest

      Along with seizing Middle-East energy reserves through pre-emptive wars, the cabal is also pursuing a world-wide policy of forcing nations to join one-sided economic pacts, including the Middle East Free Trade Agreement (MEFTA), first announced by US President George W. Bush on May 9, 2003. The Wall Street Journal editorialized in May 2003: "For many conservatives, Iraq is now the test case for whether the U.S. can engender American-style free-market capitalism within the Arab world." And what better way to convince Arab nations to sign up for the cabal's unilateral economic straitjacket than to trot out Iraq as the horrible example of what can happen to them if they don't buckle under. Now you know what Condi Rice says to leaders around the globe when she meets with them in private: it ends with "or else you'll wind up like Iraq."

      In comments made to the Asia Times on November 12, 2006, former Clinton trade representative Charlene Barshevsky referred to these cabal preferential agreements as creating "a series of islands or island economic units" with the result of "further Balkanizing the global economy."

       The US-Australian free trade agreement (AUSTFA), is one of the latest expressions of the deepening conflicts within the world market that are leading to the formation of antagonistic trade blocs, which, as history shows, are most often the prelude to war.

      There are over 240 of these so-called "free trade agreements" in operation at the present time, and the number is increasing. Bilateralism, regionalism, and preferential deals are no longer an exception, but are rapidly becoming the norm. This means that in 2007 more than half of world trade will take place between countries bound by FTAs---up from 43.2 percent in 2000.

      The American corporate group currently lobbying for MEFTA is aptly named the U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Coalition. This arm-twisting gang includes among its 120 members Chevron, ExxonMobil, Bechtel and Halliburton--companies directly connected to the Bush administration that have already reaped huge war profiteering booty in Iraq.

      The cabal plans to complete MEFTA "agreements" by 2013, to include 20 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Yemen. American "trade mobsters" meet one-on-one with each nation, using their Goliath heft to pressure David-sized countries to buckle under.

      To date, cabal trade thugs have forced five Middle Eastern countries--Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain, and Oman--to sign FTAs. Morocco, Bahrain, and Oman signed almost immediately after the 2003 invasion of Iraq--they were quick to get the message.

      Thirteen countries have signed Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) with the cabal. These TIFAs demonstrate a country's commitment to MEFTA, the key step towards passage of a full Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Algeria and Bahrain signed before Bush started his preemptive Iraq war, while Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Iraq all signed TIFAs following the Bush junta invasion of Iraq. At present, negotiations with the United Arab Emirates are underway and near completion.

      How lopsided are these phony "trade agreements?" To take one example, on January 19, 2006, then-U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman sent a letter to Oman's minister of commerce and industry declaring that, when it signs the pending contracts, the Omani government may not give preference to the government's state-controlled oil companies.

      Oman, however, will receive some reward for its acquiescence to the cabal's arm-twisting: its apparel industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission estimates, will enjoy a 66 percent increase in U.S. imports of apparel manufactured in Oman.

      One of the hidden benefits for the US cabal is that MEFTA already includes Israel, a nation historically hated by Arab countries. When an Arab nation signs MEFTA it is tacitly agreeing to accept the permanent status of Israel and interact with it as an ordinary trade partner. MEFTA is being developed through bi-lateral negotiations with each country, leading to a Middle-East region-wide agreement. The U.S. is using the "us against them" strategy--those that oppose the cabal and its partners will be viewed as against them. Part of MEFTA negotiation includes Generalized System of Preferences (GSPs) which provide for duty free import into the United States. Unique in the Middle East is the trilateral nature of these agreements: the U.S. and another country plus Israel. To get duty free entry to U.S. markets a certain percentage of goods must go through Israel allowing Israel to take a piece of the profit.

      The disastrous effects of these obscene "trade agreements" are already showing up on the world market. In May 2006, a report by the National Labor Committee revealed that after Jordan signed the first Middle East trade agreement in December 2001, new factories arrived in Jordan to service American companies, primarily apparel firms such as Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Target and Jones New York. What are conditions like for workers in these factories? 48-hour shifts without sleep, physical and psychological abuse, and, in the case of imported foreign workers, employers who hold passports and refuse to pay. Wal-Mart, not incidentally, is a member of the U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Coalition.

"The military-industrial-complex [would] cause military spending to be driven not by national security needs but by a network of weapons makers, lobbyists and elected officials."
Dwight D. Eisenhower


Preemptive Deconstruction Followed by Pre-Planned Reconstruction

      The free trade facet of the cabal's world economic conquest policy is matched by an equally demonic strategy of pre-planning a nation's reconstruction by US corporations even before the cabal deconstructs it with a preemptive war. We have clear evidence that contracts for the "reconstruction" of Iraq were drawn up long before the invasion and deconstruction of that country had started.

      The cabal now appears to have created a full-blown deconstruction-reconstruction policy that is truly diabolic. In a Nation magazine article titled "The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," Naomi Klein revealed the details of the Bush junta's destroy/rebuild-for-profits scheme.

"Last summer, in the lull of the August media doze, the Bush Administration's doctrine of preventive war took a major leap forward. On August 5, 2004, the White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. Its mandate is to draw up elaborate 'post-conflict' plans for up to twenty-five countries that are not, as of yet, in conflict. According to Pascual, it will also be able to coordinate three full-scale recon-struction operations in different countries 'at the same time,' each lasting 'five to seven years.'"

      Now we can begin to understand more clearly the real purpose of the cabal's preemptive wars: perpetual corporate-based preemptive reconstruction for unlimited war profiteering. To avoid a time delay for the profits to roll in, "reconstruction" plans are drawn up in close collaboration with various government agencies and contracts actually pre-approved and paper work completed long before an actual military strike by the cabal or one of its client states such as Israel.

      Naomi Klein expands on this obscene death-for-profits scheme:

"In close cooperation with the National Intelligence Council, Pascual's office keeps 'high risk' countries on a 'watch list' and assembles rapid-response teams ready to engage in prewar planning and to 'mobilize and deploy quickly' after a conflict has gone down. The teams are made up of private companies, nongovernmental organizations and members of think tanks--some, Pascual told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in October [2006], will have 'pre-completed' contracts to rebuild countries that are not yet broken. Doing this paperwork in advance could 'cut off three to six months in your response time.'"

A Permanent US War Economy

      In an earlier essay, we explored the cabal's new policy of barbaric annihilation: destroying people, war materiel, and infrastructure for US corporate profit. The policies of the Middle East Trade Agreement and preemptive wars for pre-planned reconstruction are altering the essence of the United States political-social reality, from a purported country of, by, and for the people to a nation of, by, and for corporations. The escalating Pentagon budget--in combination with drastic tax cuts for the wealthy--is a clear method of redistributing national income in favor of the wealthy. The combination of increasing military spending and decreasing tax liabilities of the wealthy creates wide gaps in the Federal budget, which justifies the slashing of non-military public spending--a demonic policy which reverses the New Deal reforms.

      Since the cabal's 2000 coup d'etat and the placing of George W. Bush in the White House, military spending has grown by more than 50 percent, from nearly $300 billion in 2001 to almost $455 billion in 2007. These figures do not include the Homeland Security budget, which is $33 billion for the 2007 fiscal year alone, and the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are fast approaching $400 billion.

Privatization Horror

            In February, 2007, Americans were suddenly awakened to the demonic nature of the cabal and its Bush junta: it was revealed that their greed for profits had led to wounded American war veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital being housed in rat-infested  

Corporal Louise Siller, blinded and missing a limb lives in a Pentagon-provided apartment until hospital space can be found for her.

  quarters and receiving sub-standard medical service. This entire calamity was created by the Bush junta privatizing services at Walter Reed. Bush toadies gave the service contract to a company called IAP Worldwide Service, run by a former Halliburton executive.

          IAP Worldwide Service received a $120 million contract to run portions of the hospital's services called facilities management. Immediately after, facilities management staff was reduced from 250 to 50 privately employed workers. IAP Worldwide Services received the contract in spite of its being found to have provided substandard service in fulfilling its multi-million dollar contracts in providing military support in Iraq and in failing to provide ice cubes to Katrina victims.


"There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket."

General Smedley D. Butler


Now We'll See What the Democrats Are Made Of

      We know that all US presidents since John F. Kennedy have been cabal puppets. Now that the American electorate in 2006 voted the despicable Republicans out of control of the House and Senate, we'll see if any of the present Democratic "representatives of the people" have any integrity.

      Thus far the Democrats have carried out very little of their promised agenda and have proven to be as willing to give in to the big-money lobbyists as the Republicans.

"Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi terrified the oil industry late last year when she outlined her priorities for the new Democratic majorities in Congress. Within the first 100 hours, she promised, they would 'roll back the multibillion-dollar subsidies for Big Oil.'

"Last week, however, when Pelosi (D-San Francisco) won House approval of the much-touted bill socking it to the oil companies, it turned out to be considerably less drastic than many in the industry originally feared. Out of an estimated $32 billion in subsidies and tax breaks that the oil companies are scheduled to receive over the next five years, the final House bill cut $5.5 billion."

Tom Hamburger and Janet Hook, "Lobbyists find
new Congress is open for business," LA Times, 1/22/07


     In the 2006 election, 18 House races saw "fair traders" replace "free traders" and not a single "free trader" beat a fair trade candidate. In every Senate seat that changed hands, a fair trader beat a free trader. In 2007, the Democrats must deny Bush the renewal of Fast Track negotiating authority when it expires in July. Fast Track allows the president to move trade bills through Congress quickly by overriding core aspects of the democratic process, such as committee deliberations, full congressional debate and the ability to offer amendments.


      Those Democrats who've assumed positions of real power in the House and Senate must prove by their actions that they stand for the people. The Democrats must stop the cabal's insane policies of world economic conquest and make sure the Obama junta gets out of Iraq and Afghanistan and stops its war on Iran.

       Representative Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has pledged to resurrect the subcommittee on oversight and investigations. Representative David Obey (D-Wisc.) must use his chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee to exercise genuine oversight over Bush's war spending.

     

     One of the most important posts of new power is Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) chairman of the House Government Reform Committee. Waxman has been one of the most effective and aggressive critics of Halliburton's work in Iraq, greatly contributing to Halliburton's loss of its LOGCAP contract. Waxman must use his might to clean up the entire Iraq reconstruction war profiteering fiasco.

      Democrats must see that all remaining and future U.S. reconstruction funds are turned over to Iraqi companies and Iraqi workers. U.S. corporations must not be allowed to "cut and run." Every U.S. corporation with reconstruction contracts in Iraq must be individually audited and each project investigated by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). Misspent funds must be returned and made available to Iraqis for reconstruction. SIGIR needs more staff, greater oversight authority and more money to complete this work in a timely manner.

      We American citizens must remain vigilant in our oversight of the Democrats, to see that they heed the message we sent them in the 2006 mid-term election: Stop the cabal's political-economic corruption and devastation!


"When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year, who played me for a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world say the name: 'The People,' with any fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.

"The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then."

Carl Sandburg







Notes

1 Ismael Hossein-zadeh, is a professor of economics at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa


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