by Greg Palast
off it. All the carping, belly-aching and complaining
about George Bush’s incompetence in Iraq, from
both the Left and now the Right, is just dead
the third anniversary of the tanks rolling over
Iraq’s border, most of the 59 million Homer Simpsons
who voted for Bush are beginning to doubt if his
mission was accomplished.
don’t kid yourself — Bush and his co-conspirator,
Dick Cheney, accomplished exactly what they set
out to do. In case you’ve forgotten what their
real mission was, let me remind you of White House
spokesman Ari Fleisher’s original announcement,
three years ago, launching of what he called,
How droll of them, how cute. Then, Karl Rove made
the giggling boys in the White House change it
to “OIF” — Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the 101st
Airborne wasn’t sent to Basra to get its hands
on Iraq’s OIF.
about oil,” Robert Ebel told me. Who is Ebel?
Formerly the CIA’s top oil analyst, he was sent
by the Pentagon, about a month before the invasion,
to a secret confab in London with Saddam’s former
oil minister to finalize the plans for “liberating”
Iraq’s oil industry. In London, Bush’s emissary
Ebel also instructed Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, the
man the Pentagon would choose as post-OIF oil
minister for Iraq, on the correct method of disposing
what did the USA want Iraq to do with Iraq’s oil?
The answer will surprise many of you: and it is
uglier, more twisted, devilish and devious than
anything imagined by the most conspiracy-addicted
blogger. The answer can be found in a 323-page
plan for Iraq’s oil secretly drafted by the State
Department. Our team got a hold of a copy; how,
doesn’t matter. The key thing is what’s inside
this thick Bush diktat: a directive to Iraqis
to maintain a state oil company that will “enhance
its relationship with OPEC.”
its relationship with OPEC??? How strange: the
government of the United States ordering Iraq
to support the very OPEC oil cartel which is strangling
our nation with outrageously high prices for crude.
the system ordered up by the Bush cabal would
keep a lid on Iraq’s oil production — limiting
Iraq’s oil pumping to the tight quota set by Saudi
Arabia and the OPEC cartel.
you have it. Yes, Bush went in for the oil —
not to get MORE of Iraq’s oil, but to prevent
Iraq producing TOO MUCH of it.
must keep in mind who paid for George’s ranch
and Dick’s bunker: Big Oil. And Big Oil — and
their buck-buddies, the Saudis — don’t make money
from pumping more oil, but from pumping LESS of
it. The lower the supply, the higher the price.
Economics 101. The oil industry is run by a cartel,
OPEC, and what economists call an “oligopoly”
— a tiny handful of operators who make more money
when there’s less oil, not more of it. So, every
time the “insurgents” blow up a pipeline in Basra,
every time Mad Mahmoud in Tehran threatens to
cut supply, the price of oil leaps. And Dick and
George just LOVE it.
and George didn’t want more oil from Iraq, they
wanted less. I know some of you, no matter what
I write, insist that our President and his Veep
are on the hunt for more crude so you can cheaply
fill your family Hummer; that somehow, these two
oil-patch babies are concerned that the price
of gas in the USA is bumping up to $3 a gallon.
so, gentle souls. Three bucks a gallon in the
States (and a quid a litre in Britain) means colossal
profits for Big Oil, and that makes Dick’s ticker
go pitty-pat with joy. The top oily-gopolists,
the five largest oil companies, pulled in $113
billion in profit in 2005 — compared to a piddly
$34 billion in 2002 before Operation Iraqi Liberation.
In other words, it’s been a good war for Big Oil.
per Plan Bush, Bahr Al-Ulum became Iraq’s occupation
oil minister; the conquered nation “enhanced its
relationship with OPEC;” and the price of oil,
from Clinton peace-time to Bush war-time, shot
other words, on the third anniversary of invasion,
we can say the attack and occupation is, indeed,
a Mission Accomplished. However, it wasn’t America’s
mission, nor the Iraqis’. It was an Mission Accomplished
for OPEC and Big Oil.