Original story published in the Du Quoin Evening Call
David Sadler For Congress (2002) 12th CD/Illinois
" If we go to war [with Iraq], it's not about oil. But the day the war ends, it has everything to do with oil. " -- Larry Goldstein, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation -- (1)Inside the box
Gulf War II shouldn’t take long. The Iraqi military is weaker now than during Gulf War I. Our weapon systems are more accurate and lethal. We are told that the Iraqi people and troops do not support Hussein. There are early reports of Iraqi surrender along the Turkish border.
Within days or weeks of our first attack, we should be viewing smiling Iraqis waving at our troops as they liberate the Iraqis from Hussein’s dictatorship. At this point, those opposed to this war are going to seem like yellow-bellied fools. The liberated Iraqis should then be able to quickly identify the hidden facilities that manufacture and store the weapons of mass destruction (WMD). End of threat.
Our ‘official’ objectives are to:
- secure the Iraqi oil fields
- defeat the Iraqi military
- kill, capture or exile Hussein
- find and destroy Iraq’s WMD
- install an Iraqi government satisfactory to Washington
It shouldn’t take long to meet these objectives, but is this what this war is really about?
Outside the box
Behind the scenes, our leaders are drawing a picture of U.S. " global primacy " beyond Hussein and Iraq. Zbigniew Brzezinski calls this plan an " imperial geostrategy. " It’s global and long-term.
Listen carefully to our leaders describe the global campaign to secure strategic world resources, while denying them to others.
" [U.S. security requires that the U.S. tolerate no rivals to its global dominance] … We endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. " -- Paul Wolfowitz, defense official in both Bush administrations -- (3)
" America's global primacy is directly dependent on … its preponderance on the Eurasian continent. … [The] Eurasian Balkans are [an] economic prize … of natural gas and oil reserves. … [America’s] primary interest … [is to] … ensure no single power … controls this geopolitical space … to prevent the emergence of a … coalition that could … challenge America's primacy. … The three grand imperatives of IMPERIAL GEOSTRATEGY are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the VASSALS, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the BARBARIANS from coming together. " (emphasis added)Did that sink in? Our government intends to achieve and maintain " global primacy. " That’s good. To do that, America has little choice other than dominate strategic world resources because we are not energy self-sufficient. That’s bad because this turns us into imperialists. We must control the governments of oil producing nations to assure our access to their resources at our price.
That is why Saddam must be replaced with U.S. occupation followed by a government satisfactory to Washington. Saddam just won’t play along on oil.
Obviously, this kind of foreign policy creates hatred for America. It breeds terrorism. Surely Americans would never approve of such an imperialist foreign policy considering its expense, repercussions, ethics and morality. Would we?
" America … may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely PERCEIVED direct external threat. " (emphasis added)
" Of course the common people don't want war . . . [but] all you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. "Now, listen to how long this campaign is expected to take.
" I think all strata of our society should share in this next 20 years we have ahead, which is undoubtedly going to have a lot of combat situations come up … We're not looking forward to just a little bit of combat once in a while; this is liable to be a much greater combat role than anybody ever thought we were getting into. " -- John Glenn, former Ohio Democratic Senator -- (6)
" I can't think of anything more worthy than this project of inspiring America's youth to dedication and to patriotism and to national service at a time when our country needs it, and we will need it … for a good long time … it's not going to be over anytime soon. " -- Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defense Secretary -- (7)World events and American foreign policy begin to make sense now. These statements explain why, in the early 1990s, we ‘defended’ the 1.8 million oil-rich Kuwaitis while we sat back allowing the government of Sudan to slaughter over one million Sudanese and the oil-poor government of Rwanda to kill 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis.
Because our nation is thinking inside the box on the energy issue, we are creating our own war and terrorism. In the process, we are abandoning our principles and placing the entire world in grave danger.
Once we become energy self-sufficient, the Oil Wars will cease. Until then, the Oil Wars will continue.
Coming: Waging war based on lies and how we can stop terrorism, bring our troops home and retain our " global primacy. "
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(1) Larry Goldstein, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation, Wall Street Journal, Ralph Nader, The Oil Companies Driving Bush's War: Planning a Post-War Oil Bonanza, February 17, 2003
(2) ‘How US helped Iraq build deadly arsenal’, Tim Reid, London Times, 2002.12.31 [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-528574,00.html] Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defense Secretary and one of the most strident critics of Saddam Hussein, met the Iraqi President in 1983 to ease the way for US companies to sell Baghdad biological and chemical weapons components, including anthrax and bubonic plague cultures, according to newly declassified US Government documents.
(3) Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary in the George W. Bush administration and top Pentagon bureaucrat during the George H.W. Bush administration
(4) Zbigniew Brzezinski (CFR; former national security adviser to the Carter Administration), pondering " The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy. " In his book ( " The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives " . Brzezinski labels the Caspian Sea region including Afghanistan as the " Eurasian Balkans. "
(5) Herman Goering, Nazi General, Reichsmarshall and Luftwaffe-Chief, during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist, was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg jail. Gilbert kept a journal of his observations of the proceedings and his conversations with the prisoners, which he later published in the book ‘Nuremberg Diary.’
(6) John Glenn, former Ohio Democratic Senator interviewed by CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer January 23, 2003
(7) Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, CNSNews.com, January 23, 2003
vassal: A subject; a dependent; a servant; a slave.
barbarian: A member of a people considered by those of another nation or group to have a primitive civilization. A fierce, brutal, or cruel person. An insensitive, uncultured person; a boor.
Revision Notes: 2003.07.24: The Sudan has oil. US oil companies are protected there by Communist Chinese troops according to Chuck Baldwin in his July 25, 2003 news letter. Because of this new information, the words 'oil-poor' in relation to Sudan were striken from this article. If it turns out that Rwanda has oil, then it would follow that we currently have unfettered access to that oil.