Rather than simply blowing off steam, using only my words and personal opinion, I tried to do just a bit of research, and then incorporate some of these facts, stated by others, certainly more knowledgeable than I.
Please bear in mind that anyone can be selective in garnering information and statistics, which purposely prove the point that they are attempting to make. So, to that end, please draw your own conclusions.
Because of all these INSERTS, this article is 14 pages long - so, if you are in for the ride, better grab a cup of java , or coke, or whatever first!
OIL = MONEY = POWER
Copyright: 11/30/07 - Tom Hyland
Do I have a personal AXE TO GRIND? YOU BET YOUR BIPPY I DO! All American citizens, just like me, are being RAPED by: OPEC, the American Oil Corporations, Foreign Oil Companies, like BP - BRITISH PETROLEUM who now own all the FORMER AMOCO gas stations, here on OUR SOIL, the LYING Administration, and yes, Dear Friends, even the Avarice-Ridden 535 - CONGRESS!
THEY ALL KNOW WE ARE BEING SCREWED - AND THEY DO NOT CARE!
Every gas station, every day, just charges whatever they PLEASE! There is no control, no cap, no limit - WHY? GREED! AVARICE! LOBBYING! PAYOFFS! CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS! Even the small, so-called INDEPENDENT station owners are reaping huge profits - AT OUR EXPENSE! There is no rhyme, nor reason in their pricing methods - simply CHARGE WHAT THE TRAFFIC WILL BEAR! If they are stupid enough to stop HERE, then GOUGE them!
Every so-called Public Utility company, like BGE, here in Maryland is RAPING citizens with so-called CATCH-UP INCREASES, because their prior exorbitant profits were not enough for their STOCKHOLDERS, in the past! And the ever-loving so-called PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, seems to be IN BED WITH THEM!
I just got a delivery of PROPANE gas for heating and cooking in my little TRAILER - $3.63 PER GALLON, and that is supposedly AFTER a so-called SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT! GOD BLESS SUBURBAN PROPANE!
Oh, they will both tell you to ENROLL in the BS PLAN sponsored by some government FORNICATION DEPARTMENT FOR POOR PEOPLE - but, guess what Pilgrims, my meager SSA benefit check is TOO DAMNED HIGH, SO I DON’T QUALIFY FOR BEING INDEGENT!
I just watched a DOCUMENTARY entitled BLOOD and OIL, a factual history of WWI and the Middle East involvements. This shows you the BEGINNING of the OIL RUSH, and how the Western Powers STARTED their aggression for OIL!
RENT THE MOVIE - LEARN! WAKE UP! Greed and Imperialism STARTED this whole mess!
Then, after WWII, those same POWERS, but now including AMERICA, really UPSET THE APPLECART, by GIVING PALESTINE TO THE JEWS! That was around 1948 or so.
Talk about a BEE IN THE BONNET - or STEPPING ON A HORNET’S NEST! The ARABS and ISRAELIS have been HATING and KILLING each other for MILLENIA - and WE STIRRED UP THE POT!
ANYONE REMEMBER THIS GUY? THE SHAH OF IRAN.
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
Arya Mehr and Shahanshah (King of the Kings)
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-80), king of Iran (1941-1979), was born in Tehran on October 26, 1919, the eldest son of Reza Shah. He completed his primary school in Switzerland. He returned to Iran in 1935, and enrolled in a Tehran military school, from which he graduated in 1938. In 1939 he married a sister of Faroq I, king of Egypt. The couple divorced in 1949. Mohammad Reza married two more times, in 1950 with Soraya Esfandiari and 1959 with Farah Diba.
He replaced his father, Reza Shah, on the throne on September 16, 1941, shortly before his 22nd birthday. He continued the reform policies of his father, but a contest for control of the government soon erupted between the shah and an older professional politician, the nationalistic Mohammad Mosaddeq.
During World War II, Britain and the USSR were concerned by Reza Shah's friendly relations with Germany. In 1941 the two countries invaded and occupied large areas of Iran. They forced Reza Shah to abdicate, and in the absence of a viable alternative, permitted Mohammad Reza to assume the throne. The new shah's reign began against a backdrop of social and political disarray, economic problems, and food shortages.
Despite his vow to act as a constitutional monarch who would defer to the power of the parliamentary government, Mohammad Reza increasingly involved himself in governmental affairs and opposed or thwarted strong prime ministers. Prone to indecision, however, Mohammad Reza relied more on manipulation than on leadership. He concentrated on reviving the army and ensuring that it would remain under royal control as the monarchy's main power base.
In 1949 an assassination attempt on the Shah, attributed to the pro-Soviet Tudeh Party, resulted in the banning of that party and the expansion of the Shah's constitutional powers.
By the mid-1970s the Shah reigned amidst widespread discontent caused by the continuing repressiveness of his regime, socioeconomic changes that benefited some classes at the expense of others, and the increasing gap between the ruling elite and the disaffected populace.
Islamic leaders, particularly the exiled cleric Ayatollah Khomeini, were able to focus this discontent with a populist ideology tied to Islamic principles and calls for the overthrow of the shah.
The Shah's government collapsed following widespread uprisings in 1978 -1979 and consequently an Islamic Republic succeeded his regime.
Beset by advanced cancer, the shah left Iran in January 1979 to begin a life in exile. He lived in Egypt, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Mexico before going to the United States for treatment of lymphatic cancer. His arrival in New York City led to the Iranian takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran by "Students of Imam's Line" and the taking hostage of more than 50 Americans for 444 days.
The Shah died in Cairo, Egypt, on July 27, 1980.
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Anyway, note that he NATIONALIZED the OIL INDUSTRY in 1972 - that’s when all the MONEY-GRUBBING FOREIGN WESTERN COMPANIES WERE KICKED OUT!
When he died, he was literally a man WITHOUT A NATION - NO ONE WANTED HIS SORRY ASS!
You might speculate that all the so-called Western Powers have been trying ever since 1972 to get their FOOT BACK IN THE DOOR! BUSH DID JUST THAT - 31 YEARS LATER!
Oh, to be sure, he did it to IRAN’S next door neighbor - but now he and Cheney are just CHAMPING AT THE BIT, to find an excuse to GRAB IRAN ALSO!
This next link has some GREAT CHRONOLOGICAL INFO - I am only pasting a few articles here:
COPY: NOTE THAT DATE PRECEDES INVASION!
September 5, 2002
The real goal is the seizure of Saudi oil - Iraq is no threat. Bush wants war to keep US control of the region
What is most chilling is that the hawks in the Bush administration must know the risks involved. They must be aware of the anti-American feeling throughout the Middle East. They must be aware of the fear in Egypt and Saudi Arabia that a war against Iraq could unleash revolutions, disposing of pro-western governments, and replacing them with populist anti-American Islamist fundamentalist regimes.
We should all remember the Islamist revolution in Iran. The Shah was backed by the Americans, but he couldn't stand against the will of the people. And it is because I am sure that they fully understand the consequences of their actions, that I am most afraid. I am drawn to the conclusion that they must want to create such mayhem.
Why is he so determined to take the risk? The key country in the Middle East, as far as the Americans are concerned, is Saudi Arabia: the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, the country that has been prepared to calm the oil markets, producing more when prices are too high and less when there is a glut.
The Saudi royal family has been rewarded with best friend status by the west for its cooperation. There has been little concern that the government is undemocratic and breaches human rights, nor that it is in the grip of an extreme form of Islam. With American support it has been believed that the regime can be protected and will do what is necessary to secure a supply of oil to the west at reasonably stable prices.
Since September 11, however, it has become increasingly apparent to the US administration that the Saudi regime is vulnerable. Both on the streets and in the leading families, including the royal family, there are increasingly anti-western voices. Osama bin Laden is just one prominent example. The love affair with America is ending.
Reports of the removal of billions of dollars of Saudi investment from the United States may be difficult to quantify, but they are true . The possibility of the world's largest oil reserves falling into the hands of an anti-American, militant Islamist government is becoming ever more likely - and this is unacceptable.
The Americans know they cannot stop such a revolution. They must therefore hope that they can control the Saudi oil fields, if not the government. And what better way to do that than to have a large military force in the field at the time of such disruption.
In the name of saving the west, these vital assets could be seized and controlled. No longer would the US have to depend on a corrupt and unpopular royal family to keep it supplied with cheap oil. If there is chaos in the region, the US armed forces could be seen as a global saviour. Under cover of the war on terrorism, the war to secure oil supplies could be waged.
This whole affair has nothing to do with a threat from Iraq - there isn't one. It has nothing to do with the war against terrorism or with morality. Saddam Hussein is obviously an evil man, but when we were selling arms to him to keep the Iranians in check he was the same evil man he is today. He was a pawn then and is a pawn now. In the same way he served western interests then, he is now the distraction for the sleight of hand to protect the west's supply of oil.
-- Mo Mowlam was a member of Tony Blair's cabinet from 1997-2001
NEXT COPY & PASTE: NOTE DATES - 2001-02-03-2006.
Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet.
Posted October 16, 2006.
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize."
It's clear that the U.S.-led invasion had little to do with national security or the events of Sept. 11. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill revealed that just 11 days after Bush's inauguration in early 2001, regime change in Iraq was "Topic A" among the administration's national security staff, and former Terrorism Tsar Richard Clarke told 60 Minutes that the day after the attacks in New York and Washington occurred, "[Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq." He added: "We all said … no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan."
On March 7, 2003, two weeks before the United States attacked Iraq, the U.N.'s chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, told the U.N. Security Council that Saddam Hussein's cooperation with the inspections protocol had improved to the point where it was "active or even proactive," and that the inspectors would be able to certify that Iraq was free of prohibited weapons within a few months' time. That same day, IAEA head Mohammed El Baradei reported that there was no evidence of a current nuclear program in Iraq and flatly refuted the administration's claim that the infamous aluminum tubes cited by Colin Powell in making his case for war before the Security Council were part of a reconstituted nuclear program.
But serious planning for the war had begun in February of 2002, as Bob Woodward revealed in his book, Plan of Attack. Planning for the future of Iraq's oil wealth had been under way for longer still.
In February of 2001, just weeks after Bush was sworn in, the same energy executives that had been lobbying for Saddam's ouster gathered at the White House to participate in Dick Cheney's now infamous Energy Task Force. Although Cheney would go all the way to the Supreme Court to keep what happened at those meetings a secret, we do know a few things, thanks to documents obtained by the conservative legal group JudicialWatch.
As Mark Levine wrote in The Nation($$):
… a map of Iraq and an accompanying list of "Iraq oil foreign suitors" were the center of discussion. The map erased all features of the country save the location of its main oil deposits, divided into nine exploration blocks. The accompanying list of suitors revealed that dozens of companies from 30 countries -- but not the United States -- were either in discussions over or in direct negotiations for rights to some of the best remaining oilfields on earth.
NEXT PASTE: NOTE DATE - JAN. 2007
New Oil Law Means Victory in Iraq for Bush
By Chris Floyd
t r u t h o u t | UK Correspondent
Monday 08 January 2007
The reason that George W. Bush insists that "victory" is achievable in Iraq is not that he is deluded or isolated or ignorant or detached from reality or ill-advised. No, it's that his definition of "victory" is different from those bruited about in his own rhetoric and in the ever-earnest disquisitions of the chattering classes in print and online.
....Bush and his cohorts don't really care what happens on the ground in Iraq - they care about what comes out of the ground. The end - profit and dominion - justifies any means. What happens to the human beings caught up in the war is of no ultimate importance; the game is worth any number of broken candles.
And in plain point of fact, the Bush-Cheney faction - and the elite interests they represent - has already won the war in Iraq.
....Put simply, the Bush Family and their allies and cronies represent the confluence of three long-established power factions in the American elite: oil, arms and investments. These groups equate their own interests, their own wealth and privilege, with the interests of the nation - indeed, the world - as a whole.
And they pursue these interests with every weapon at their command, including war, torture, deceit and corruption. Democracy means nothing to them - not even in their own country, as we saw in the 2000 election. Laws are just whips to keep the common herd in line; they don't apply to the elite, as Bush's own lawyers and minions have openly asserted in the memos, signing statements, court cases and presidential decrees asserting the "inherent power" of the "unitary executive" to override any law he pleases.
The Iraq war has been immensely profitable for these Bush-linked power factions (and their tributary industries, such as construction); billions of dollars in public money have already poured into their coffers. Halliburton has been catapulted from the edge of bankruptcy to the heights of no-bid, open-ended, guaranteed profit. The Carlyle Group is gorging on war contracts. Individual Bush family members are making out like bandits from war-related investments, while dozens of Bush minions - like Richard Perle, James Woolsey, and Joe Allbaugh - have cashed in their insider chips for blood money.
The aftermath of the war promises equal if not greater riches. Even if the new Iraqi government maintains nominal state control of its oil industry, there are still untold billions to be made in PSAs for drilling, refining, distributing, servicing and securing oilfields and pipelines.
Likewise, the new Iraqi military and police forces will require billions more in weapons, equipment and training, bought from the US arms industry - and from the fast-expanding "private security" industry, the politically hard-wired mercenary forces that are the power elite's latest lucrative spin-off.
And as with Saudi Arabia, oil money from the new Iraq will pump untold billions into American banks and investment houses.
For even in the worst-case scenario, if the Americans had to pull out tomorrow, abandoning everything - their bases, their contracts, their collaborators - the Bush power factions would still come out ahead. For not only has their already-incalculable wealth been vastly augmented (with any potential losses indemnified by US taxpayers), but their deeply-entrenched sway over American society has also increased by several magnitudes.
No matter which party controls the government, the militarization of America is so far gone now it's impossible to imagine any major rollback in the gargantuan US war machine - 725 bases in 132 countries, annual military budgets topping $500 billion, a planned $1 trillion in new weapons systems already moving through the pipeline. Indeed, the Democratic "opposition" has promised to expand the military.
Nor will either party conceivably challenge the dominance of the energy behemoths - or stand against the American public's demand for cheap gas, big vehicles, and unlimited consumption of a vast disproportion of the world's oil.
As for Wall Street - both parties have long been the eager courtesans of the investment elite, dispatching armies all over the world to protect their financial interests. The power factions whose influence has been so magnified by Bush's war will maintain their supremacy regardless of the electoral outcome.
[By the way, to think that all of this has happened because a small band of extremist ideologues - the neo-cons - somehow "hijacked" US foreign policy to push their radical dreams of "liberating" the Middle East by force and destroying Israel's enemies is absurd.
The Bush power factions were already determined to pursue an aggressive foreign policy; they used the neo-cons and their bag of tricks - their inflated rhetoric, their conspiratorial zeal, their murky Middle East contacts, their ideology of brute force in the name of "higher" causes - as tools (and PR cover) to help bring about a long-planned war that had nothing to do with democracy or security or any coherent ideology whatsoever beyond the remorseless pursuit of wealth and power, the blind urge to be top dog.]
So Bush and his cohorts have won even if the surge fails and Iraq lapses into perpetual anarchy, or becomes an extremist religious state; they've won even if the whole region goes up in flames, and terrorism flares to unprecedented heights - because this will just mean more war-profiteering, more fear-profiteering.
And yes, they've won even though they've lost their Congressional majority and could well lose the presidency in 2008, because war and fear will continue to fill their coffers, buying them continuing influence and power as they bide their time through another interregnum of a Democratic "centrist" - who will, at best, only nibble at the edges of the militarist state - until they are back in the saddle again.
The only way they can lose the Iraq War is if they are actually arrested and imprisoned for their war crimes. And we all know that's not going to happen.
As you can see, if you have read thus far, these are NOT MY WORDS! But, by GOD, I wish that I could take credit for writing them!
OIL = MONEY = POWER
My Fellow Americans - this is not ROCKET SCIENCE! This is plain, ordianary, down-to-earth COMMON SENSE - BUT, you must be willing to get off your fat ARSE, do some work, invest some time, in order to SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH!
You will NOT have it spoon-fed to you by the CONTROLLED MEDIA! Especially American! I watch the NEWS on Channel 22 - PBS, broadcast by BBC - British Broadcasting Company! They rarely PULL ANY PUNCHES!
Only two more PASTES TO GO!
NOTE THE DATES!
Future of Iraq: The spoils of war
How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches
By Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson
and Tim Webb
Published: 07 January 2007
Iraq's massive oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are about to be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies under a controversial law which is expected to come before the Iraqi parliament within days.
The US government has been involved in drawing up the law, a draft of which has been seen by The Independent on Sunday. It would give big oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude and allow the first large-scale operation of foreign oil interests in the country since the industry was nationalised in 1972.
The huge potential prizes for Western firms will give ammunition to critics who say the Iraq war was fought for oil. They point to statements such as one from Vice-President Dick Cheney, who said in 1999, while he was still chief executive of the oil services company Halliburton, that the world would need an additional 50 million barrels of oil a day by 2010.
"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies," he said.
AND FINALLY - ONE MORE -
London Review of Books
18 October 2007
It’s the Oil
Iraq is ‘unwinnable’, a ‘quagmire’, a ‘fiasco’: so goes the received opinion. But there is good reason to think that, from the Bush-Cheney perspective, it is none of these things. Indeed, the US may be ‘stuck’ precisely where Bush et al want it to be, which is why there is no ‘exit strategy’.
Iraq has 115 billion barrels of known oil reserves. That is more than five times the total in the United States. And, because of its long isolation, it is the least explored of the world’s oil-rich nations. A mere two thousand wells have been drilled across the entire country; in Texas alone there are a million. It has been estimated, by the Council on Foreign Relations, that Iraq may have a further 220 billion barrels of undiscovered oil; another study puts the figure at 300 billion.
If these estimates are anywhere close to the mark, US forces are now sitting on one quarter of the world’s oil resources. The value of Iraqi oil, largely light crude with low production costs, would be of the order of $30 trillion at today’s prices. For purposes of comparison, the projected total cost of the US invasion/occupation is around $1 trillion.
[note: it is likely that these inflated estimates of ultimately recoverable Iraqi oil are exaggerated, but if that is true , then the remaining oil is even more critical for control of the global economy on the downslope of Peak Oil]
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So, there you have it -
ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ---
OIL = MONEY = POWER
But were too lazy to look up! Or too busy!
Or too POSSESSED by OSTRICH SYNDROME ---
that CRANIAL/RECTUM INVERSION that Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor so frequently alludes to!
If that statement makes you angry, or irate, or
SO BE IT! But please, please, pretty please ---
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!
J-PAL --- Joy-Peace-Abundance-Love --- Tom.
OOPS! FOOTNOTE NECESSARY!
This last LINK has so much info, maps, and documentary evidence that I can’t begin to summarize it! If you want to learn more, go visit: