By David Swanson
An editorial cartoon in newspapers today shows a Democratic donkey shouting before the war that it’s just about cheap oil, and complaining now that there’s no cheap oil. So, donkeys are stupid. Q.E.D.
Or, could it be that the positions prior to and during the war, of various groups have been as follows:
Peace activists and Dennis Kucinich: The war is for control of the oil, plus profits for oil companies, as well as permanent bases, profit from “reconstruction,” and political advantage at home.
The rest of the Democratic Party: The war is for something, but we’re not going to tell you what or even ask that question.
Republicans: The war is revenge for Iraq’s attack on the World Trade Center and to rid Iraq of WMDs and establish a democracy because they hate us for having sex too much.
In fact, the notion that corporate thugs like Bush and Cheney would slaughter our young men and women and the people of Iraq in order to save us some pennies at the gas pump is only topped in insanity by the notion that peace activists would suspect Bush and Cheney of such a thing.
Yet, U.S. news coverage is no better than U.S. editorial cartoons. Washington Post Writers Group columnist Marie Cocco, who rarely strays from the Democratic Party line, calls the following article of impeachment “specious,” without of course explaining why. This is the twelfth article of 35 introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Monday evening:
INITIATING A WAR AGAINST IRAQ FOR CONTROL OF THAT NATION’S NATURAL RESOURCES
In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed”, has both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, together with the Vice President, invaded and occupied a foreign nation for the purpose, among other purposes, of seizing control of that nation’s oil.
The White House and its representatives in Iraq have, since the occupation of Baghdad began, attempted to gain control of Iraqi oil. This effort has included pressuring the new Iraqi government to pass a hydrocarbon law. Within weeks of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the US Agency for International Development (USAid) awarded a $240 million contract to Bearing Point, a private U.S. company. A Bearing Point employee, based in the US embassy in Baghdad, was hired to advise the Iraqi Ministry of Oil on drawing up the new hydrocarbon law. The draft law places executives of foreign oil companies on a council with the task of approving their own contracts with Iraq; it denies the Iraqi National Oil Company exclusive rights for the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of Iraqi oil, and allows foreign companies to control Iraqi oil fields containing 80 percent of Iraqi oil for up to 35 years through contracts that can remain secret for up to 2 months. The draft law itself contains secret appendices.
President Bush provided unrelated reasons for the invasion of Iraq to the public and Congress, but those reasons have been established to have been categorically fraudulent, as evidenced by the herein mentioned Articles of Impeachment I, II, III, IV, VI, and VII.
Parallel to the development of plans for war against Iraq, the U.S. State Department’s Future of Iraq project, begun as early as April 2002, involved meetings in Washington and London of 17 working groups, each composed of 10 to 20 Iraqi exiles and international experts selected by the State Department. The Oil and Energy working group met four times between December 2002 and April 2003. Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, later the Iraqi Oil Minister, was a member of the group, which concluded that Iraq “should be opened to international oil companies as quickly as possible after the war,” and that, “the country should establish a conducive business environment to attract investment of oil and gas resources.” The same group recommended production-sharing agreements with foreign oil companies, the same approach found in the draft hydrocarbon law, and control over Iraq’s oil resources remains a prime objective of the Bush Administration.
Prior to his election as Vice President, Dick Cheney, then-CEO of Halliburton, in a speech at the Institute of Petroleum in 1999 demonstrated a keen awareness of the sensitive economic and geopolitical role of Midde East oil resources saying: “By 2010, we will need on the order of an additional 50 million barrels a day. So where is the oil going to come from? Governments and national oil companies are obviously controlling about 90 percent of the assets. Oil remains fundamentally a government business. While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, the Middle East, with two-thirds of the world’s oil and lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies. Even though companies are anxious for greater access there, progress continues to be slow.”
The Vice President led the work of a secret energy task force, as described in Article XXXII below, a task force that focused on, among other things, the acquisition of Iraqi oil through developing a controlling private corporate interest in said oil.
In all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and Commander in Chief, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting removal from office.
If you want to read Article XXXII or any of the others, just open this PDF:
As it happens, well over a million people have died as a result of a blood-for-oil war. As a rough approximation, we can say that we’ve now spent 7 million quarts of blood for oil. That’s about enough.
Prior to the invasion, Kucinich argued on “Meet the Press” on NBC that it would be a war for oil, an idea which host Tim Russert mocked. Here’s video:
Here’s a petition you can sign demanding that “Meet the Press” invite Kucinich on to discuss the content of his 35 articles of impeachment: