Apr 112013


The root of Bush's obsession

The debate on the United Nations on the obsession of US President Bush to wage war on Iraq last Friday (Saturday in Manila) after the latest report of top UN inspector Hans Blix showcased the irrationality of the American position, which is supported wholeheartedly by our own obsessed president, Gloria Arroyo.

Blix reported that the Iraq is cooperating in the world body's demand for disarmament. And in recent days, Blix said, there has been "substantial measure of disarmament."  "We are not watching the breaking of toothpicks; lethal weapons are being destroyed," Blix said.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell's reply undermined even more the US position. He said: "I know these are not toothpicks, but real missiles.  But the problem is, we won't know how many missiles there are, how many toothpicks there are."

Powell's statement brings us to the question: If they don't know how many missiles there are, why are they so obsessed with going to war to eliminate something they are not sure about?  The irrationality of the Bush administration is in stark contrast to the sensible position that the French government has taken. 

In the UN debate, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin was the epitome of common sense.  Reacting to the March 17 deadline of the US, which many said is ridiculous, De Villepin said: "Why do we need to use force at any price when we can resolve this peacefully?" 

Why, indeed?

Ambassador Reynaldo O. Arcilla, whose expertise on disarmament and Middle East earned him appointment as member of the five-man committee on Afghanistan formed by the UN Security Council a few months before 9/11, gave some explanation in a recent speech before the Rotary Club Makati East.

Excerpts from Arcilla's speech: "Why the seeming obsession to attack Iraq?  One analyst attributes it to the unpublicized but real threat to US economic hegemony from the use of the Euro as an alternative oil transaction currency. The Federal Reserve Bank's greatest nightmare is that OPEC will switch its international transactions from a dollar standard to a euro standard.  Saddam sealed his fate, so to speak, when he made the switch in November 2000 and later converted his $10 billion reserve at the UN to euro. Imagine if OPEC switches to euro. Everybody would have to flush dollars out of their (central bank) reserve funds and replace them with euro. The dollar would crash anywhere from 20 to 40 percent, followed by a currency collapse and massive inflation. Foreign funds would stream out of US stock markets and dollar-denominated assets.

What you will see would be a typical Third World country scenario.  "... That the US supported Bin Laden and the Taliban for years and viewed them as freedom fighters against the Russians is well known. However, there are more intriguing things.

Did you know:

  • that as late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taliban official in Afghanistan;

  • that 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;

  • that UNOCAL, a giant American oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1000-mile long pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea;

  • that UNOCAL spent $10 billion on geological surveys for pipeline construction and very nicely courted the Taliban for their support in allowing the construction to begin;

  • that all of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with UNOCAL in 1998;

  • that in 1999 the Taliban changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of the country and awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina;

  • that Mr. John Maresca, VP of UNOCAL, testified before the US Congress and said no pipeline will be built until the Taliban was gone and a more friendly government was established in Kabul;

  • that the leader of the new government in Afghanistan formerly worked for UNOCAL;

  • that the special envoy appointed by Bush to deal with that new government was the "chief consultant to UNOCAL";

  • that the Bush family acquired their wealth through oil;

  • that Bush's Secretary of Interior was the president of an oil company before going to Washington;

  • that George Bush Sr. now works with the "Carlysle Group" specializing in armaments and huge oil investments around the world;

  • that Condoleezza Rice, Bush's national security adviser, worked for Chevron before going to Washington;

  • that Chevron named one of its newest supertankers after Condoleezza;

  • that Dick Cheney worked for the giant oil conglomerate Haliburton before becoming vice president;

  • that Haliburton gave Cheney $34 million as a farewell gift when he left Haliburton;

  • that Haliburton is in the pipeline business;

  • that the US government quietly announced on 31 January 2002 that it will support the construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline;

  • that President Musharraf of Pakistan and President Karzai of Afghanistan announced in February 2002 their agreement to build the proposed gas pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan via Afghanistan?

Stranger things may have happened but these assertions certainly leave one wondering what the real purpose is of the Bush administration in dealing with Iraq, known to have the second biggest oil reserve after Saudi Arabia.

"Aside from the seeming vested interest of Bush and his people in the oil business, the American economy is sagging and the US needs armed conflicts to keep the armaments factories humming. (Lest we forget, the Republican Party has always been associated with the corporate military-industrial complex in the United States.)  The presidential election is just around the corner and Bush Jr. does not want to suffer the same fate as his father. His old man didn't get reelected despite the surge in his popularity right after the 1991 Gulf War because of the way the economy was going.  Bush Jr. needs a victory in Iraq and timing is very important.  Get the economy going by spending more on the war before the campaign starts for election 2004."

Third World Studies Center Palma Hall Basement, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy University of the Philippine Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Tel.(632)9205428, (632)9205301 to 99 loc.6783 http://www.upd.edu.ph/~twsc/





The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in April 6th 2003




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