Out of the mouths of babes and villains

jonathan flanders jon_flanders at compuserve.com
Thu Sep 27 17:28:31 MDT 2001


<I am beginning get to know this administration in a way that I have never
studied any 
administration before.>

Indeed, while our corporate media studies the minutiae of Afghan tribes, we
would do well to study the Bush clan and its accolytes. Here are a couple
of bits on Armitage. Note the Unocal connection.

Jon Flanders

How might the new Bush-Cheney administration, with close ties to the U.S.
oil industry, reconcile that conflict in a place like Burma? The Clinton
administration’s unusually firm stand against Burma has been unpopular with
the business community. The anti-boycott organization USA*Engage, created
and funded by U.S. corporations, has urged Congress to lift the sanctions
against Burma. Oil companies like UNOCAL, the leading American investor in
Myanmar, have been eager to expand their operations there. The incoming
Bush foreign policy team has some ties with UNOCAL-funded front groups. In
1997 Richard Armitage went to Burma on a trip sponsored by the
Burma/Myanmar Forum, a Washington group with major funding from UNOCAL.
Look to the Bush administration to resist strengthening sanctions and to
roll back some existing ones on the grounds that they undermine the role
that U.S. businesses could play in promoting democracy.

from Foreign Policy In Focus on Asia


Oil industry ties permeate the administration. Bush followed his father
into the Texas oil business years before following him into the White
House. Vice President Dick Cheney previously served as chairman and chief
executive of Halliburton Co., the world's largest oilfield services
company.

Halliburton has operations in Azerbaijan and has bid for work on the
pipeline to Turkey. The U.S. government has worked to convince U.S.
companies to support the pipeline, wanting a transportation route from the
Caspian oil fields that bypasses both Russia and Iran.

Tanker's Namesake
Other top Bush officials and advisers with oil industry connections include
national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who was on Chevron's board of
directors from 1991 until January of this year, and has a company oil
tanker named after her. 

The law firm of former Secretary of State James Baker, a Bush family
adviser, represented several oil companies with interests in Azerbaijan,
among them Exxon-Mobil Corp. Brent Scowcroft, a Rice adviser who was
national security adviser in the administration of Bush's father, has
industry connections that include sitting on the boards of Pennzoil-Quaker
State Co. and Enron Global Power & Pipelines, a unit of Enron Corp. Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage is a former co-chairman of the
U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.
The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, between the Caucasus and the Karabakh
mountain ranges, stems from efforts by an ethnic Armenian majority to
secede from Muslim-majority Azerbaijan in 1988. The initial warfare cost
thousands of lives and left 1 million homeless. The sides reached a general
cease-fire seven years ago, and now about 200 people die each year in
continued skirmishes.

Posted on Azerbaijan International - Azer.com
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