Thursday, May 31, 2007


Greg Palast's new book, Armed Madhouse, discusses what may be the real reason behind the invasion of Iraq. The decline in Iraqi output due to the chaos of war has resulted in a tripling of oil company profits. More to read, weep, rend and gnash over this morning at OpEd News.

"The rise in the price of oil after the first three years of the [Iraq] war boosted the value of the reserves of ExxonMobil Oil alone by just over $666 billion," Palast wrote. What's more, Chevron Oil, "where [Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice had served as a director, gained a quarter trillion dollars in value."

You'd think the 666 alone would be enough to send the wingnuts shrieking off into an end-of-world death spiral. A consortium of oil companies working together to control oil prices would be an illegal act; that same consortium of oil companies buying politicians to manipulate us into war is a different matter. As much as I despise Bush and his band of thugs, and as much as I hate this war, I am revolted by my own tendency to think in conspiracies. It's getting harder and harder to avoid it, though. Just because I don't want to believe in a conspiracy, doesn't mean there isn't one.

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Anonymous Mark H said...

Belle - I loved this story and link.'re NOT irrational about the conspiracy. The tiny independent journalists have known this for years and JUST yesterday, BUSHCO is admitting we'll NEVER leave IRAQ completely. Now that they've destroyed the country and made the enemies permanent for the U.S., there will always be 40,000 to 70,000 soldiers there on the permanent air bases we've been building since this war started. I think there are 7 permanent bases, and that embassy on 120 acres...obviously 100 of it an empty space to absorb all the explosives that will always be thrown at it. This catastrophic episode in our histroy is RIPE with conspiracy...and it starts with Cheney, Bremer, Feith, Wolfowitz, Blackwater, Oil Companies, etc. There's something wrong when your rulers STILL have wealth accruing from the manufacture of weapons (Bush Family Trust, Carlyle Group) and energy (Both Bush and Cheney). You were RIGHT ON with this. THANKS. **I'm not always this boring. Rodger Dodger's my partner and referred me...and I'm glad he did.

May 31, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger Cindy174 said...

I totally agree.

May 31, 2007 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...

Excellent theory, and I am sure we can agree that nothing is off limits with these greedy monsters. I hope they all choke to death on pretzels.

May 31, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

"Just because I don't want to believe in a conspiracy, doesn't mean there isn't one."

And that's the thing, right there ... when you think about it, it's amazing what the "powers-that-be" could get away with in this country simply because the rational citizenry would never believe it.

History shows us that those with great power can be capable of monstrous things, and it's just arrogance or stupidity to think that things are so very different now ...

June 01, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

thanks, all of you, for confirming that i'm not crazy to be so suspicious. it is a comfort to hear that i'm not alone in these crazy (not so crazy, but should be) theories.

eric, monstrous things, but not here . . . not in this country, or at least it always seemed so. not now, i know, but it is hard to swallow, what we've become.

June 01, 2007 11:20 AM  

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