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Saturday, May 18, 2002
Subject: 'It is the Oil, Stupid!'
'It is the Oil, Stupid!'
By Joseph Clifford
JAMES TOWN, Rhode Island - The Russians got into their Vietnam right
got out of ours? Isn't that strange?
We supported Bin Laden and the Taleban for years, and viewed them as
fighters against the Russians? Isn't that strange?
As late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taleban
Afghanistan? Isn't that strange?
There is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than in Saudi
Arabia, but you
need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil out. Isn't that
UNOCAL, a giant American Oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1-000-
pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea.
UNOCAL spent $10 billion on geological surveys for pipeline
very nicely courted the Taleban for their support in allowing the
to begin. Isn't that strange?
All of the leading Taleban officials were in Texas negotiating with
1998. Isn't that strange?
1998-1999 - The Taleban changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of the
awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina. Isn't that
John Maresca, vice president of UNOCAL, testified before Congress and
pipeline until the Taleban was gone and a more friendly government was
established. Isn't that strange?
1999-2000 - The Taleban became the most evil people in the world.
Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior
officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would
go ahead by
the middle of October. Isn't that strange?
Sept. 11, 2001 - WTC disaster.
Bush goes to war against Afghanistan even though none of the
hijackers came from
Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?
Bush blamed Bin Laden but has never offered any proof saying it's
Isn't that strange?
Taleban offered to negotiate to turn over Bin Laden if we showed them
proof. We refused; we bombed. Isn't that strange?
Bush said: "This is not about nation building. It's about getting the
terrorists." Isn't that strange?
We have a new government in Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?
The leader of that government formerly worked for UNOCAL. Isn't that
Bush appoints a special envoy to represent the US to deal with that
government, who formerly was the "chief consultant to UNOCAL." Isn't
The Bush family acquired their wealth through oil? Isn't that strange?
Bush's secretary of interior was the president of an oil company
before going to
Washington. Isn't that strange?
George Bush Sr. now works with the "Carlysle Group" specializing in
investments round the world. Isn't that strange?
Condoleezza Rice worked for Chevron before going to Washington. Isn't
Chevron named one of its newest "supertankers" after Condoleezza.
Dick Cheney worked for the giant oil conglomerate Haliburton before
vice president. Isn't that strange?
Haliburton gave Cheney $34 million as a farewell gift when he left
Isn't that strange?
Halliburton is in the pipeline construction business. Isn't that
There is $6 trillion worth of oil in the Caspian Sea area. Isn't that
The US government quietly announced on Jan 31, 2002 that we will
construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. Isn't that strange?
President Musharraf (Pakistan), and interim leader Karzai,
UNOCAL) announces agreement to build proposed gas pipeline from
Central Asia to
Pakistan via Afghanistan. (Irish Times 02/10/02) Isn't that strange?
It's the Oil, Stupid!
(Mr. Joseph Clifford also contributed this article to Media Monitors
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