posted on Jan, 1 2004 @ 05:28 PM
British spy chiefs warned after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war that they believed the United States might invade Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi to
seize their oil fields, according to records released Thursday.
A British intelligence committee report from December 1973 said America was so angry over Arab nations' earlier decision to cut oil production and
impose an embargo on the United States that seizing oil-producing areas in the region was "the possibility uppermost in American thinking."
Details of the Joint Intelligence Committee report were released under rules requiring that some secret documents be made public after 30 years. The
report suggested that then-President Nixon might risk such a drastic move if Arab-Israeli fighting reignited and the oil-producing nations imposed new
The 1973 embargo and production cuts, used by oil-rich Arab nations as a means to pressure the United States and Western Europe, caused a major global
energy crisis and sent oil prices skyrocketing.
[Edited on 1-1-2004 by The Real Deal]