[Marxism] Response: The Analyst Who Knew [about Bush, Powell lies]

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Fri Feb 6 16:14:36 MST 2004


This whole stuff about twisted intelligence and intelligence failures
leading to Iraq is but another sleight-of-hand maneuver. When you read
"The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education
of Paul O'Neil" by Ron Suskind, Simon and Schuster, N.Y. 2004, it is all
there. The plan was, from day one, to take out the regime in Iraq. And
yes it is true that Clinto had the same plan but by different means. 

"Beneath the surface was a battle O'Neill had seen brewing since the NSC
meeting on January 30. It was Powell and his moderates[sic] at the State
Department versus hardliners like Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz, who
were already planning the next war in Iraq and the shape of the
post-Saddam country.

Documents were being prepared by the Defence Intelligence Agency,
Rumsfeld's intelligence arm, mapping Iraq's oil fields and exploration
areas and listing companies that might be interested in leveraging the
precious asset.

One document, headed "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts",
list companies from thirty countries--including France, Germany, Russia,
and the United Kingdom--their specialties, bidding histories, and in
some cases their particular areas of interest. An attached document maps
Iraq with markings for 'supergiant oilfield', 'other oilfield', and
'earmarked for production sharing', while demarking the largely
undeveloped southwest of the country into nine 'blocks' to designate
areas for future exploration." (p. 96) [Note that map was produced by
the end of Feb. 2001 way before 9-11]

Jim C.
   




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