So, I made a possibly inflammatory statement here: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/1968-vectrix_post-here#comment-8227 .. since it's off-topic for that thread, I thought to make a new thread for discussion of what I said there.
My theory is ... Pres Bush = Enron, VP Cheney = Halliburton, SecState Rice = Chevron ... that they are in this position because to some extent Big Oil paid for them to be in the white house, and that they are doing the bidding of Big Oil. However it's not just Big Oil because they're also beholden to the defense contractor industry.
Illegal war in the middle east...? That's from none other than former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. In ?2004? he stated to the press that the war in Iraq was illegal. It didn't get any approval from anybody, not from the U.S. Congress, not from the United Nations, etc. Just a couple days ago IAEA Chairman Mohammed elBaradei reminded everybody that it's the United Nations who authorizes the use of force in the cases of invasions of countries, that the United Nations did not approve the invasion of Iraq, and that the United Nations has not approved the likely upcoming invasion of Iran.
You might say.. oh, the UN didn't approve because France is a bunch of weanies or some other stupid Republican propaganda. Hmmm... I tend to think the French were seeing something that's now plainly obvious, and which some of us saw at the time. The case the U.S. spun to justify the Iraq war was nothing but a pack of lies.
As far back as Aug 2003 it was obvious to me, in The "case" for War, that the justifications Colin Powell gave to the world in Feb 2003 were nothing but lies. Where were the weapons of mass destruction? Nowhere to be found. Where were the nuke stuff, biological weapons factories, etc, nowhere to be found. The uranium itself was a cooked up mass of lies, just ask former Ambassador Joeseph Wilson and his wife. Al Qaeda was not a presence in Iraq until after the U.S. invasion.
I was looking through my 7gen.com postings for interesting things about Big Oil buying the election. Okay, that claim is not quite so clear cut as e.g. what I just wrote on the lies about Iraq. I don't know any direct evidence for that but it is clear that the administration has been acting in the benefit of big oil and defense contractors, to the detriment of alternatives.
The picture that says it all about the oil crunch ... It's a graphic I found one day that's very illustrative of the problem. The oil producing states are not the oil consuming states. The U.S. passed our peak oil condition in 1971. In 1973, the first "Oil Crisis", the U.S. imported 35% of our oil and OPEC was able to hold the U.S. hostage back then by cutting off oil. So, today the U.S. imports something like 70% of our oil, and doesn't that imply that OPEC has us by the balls? Actually this fact doesn't require that the administration is bought and paid for by Big Oil, this fact would be faced by any administration.
And... The oil in Venezuela ... why is such a deal being made over who runs Venezuela, and why did the U.S. clearly back a coup attempt in Venezuela? Could it be that they have a big pile of oil? Okay, so it's not the best of oil being more like tar, but it's oil and I suppose the thinking is they're in our backyard, within the zone which Pres Monroe declared as U.S.'s playground, and so therefore that country is ripe for being subverted to U.S. interests.
Are we surprised?? The gutting of the energy bill ... The administration's efforts to propose sensible "Energy" policies have all been slanted to Big Oil. And... Examining nukes to replace oil ... the administration has made some pretty screwy suggestions about nuclear energy, for example an idea I found there was to use power from nuclear power plants to aid in extracting oil from tar sands.
That should do to bring out some discussion.