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Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has introduced measures to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, said Thursday that oil executives who secretly met with the vice president in 2001 should be held criminally liable for pushing an illegal war.
In March 2001, two years before Iraq was invaded, Cheney met with top executives from Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell Oil Co., BP America Inc. and others on his infamous secret Energy Task Force.
Kucinich seemed to accuse participants in that meeting of plotting the invasion of Iraq. There's no indication that the participants discussed military action, although documents later released showed they did eye Iraq's oil fields.
The White House convinced the Supreme Court to let it keep secret the proceeding's of Cheney's task force, although the Washington Post later revealed most of its activities.
Kucinich accused the US government of forcing Iraq to privatize its oil fields, which are estimated to hold more than 100 billion barrels of oil, and keeping US troops at war to protect the oil reserves.
After a long exile, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP are back in Iraq. And on the wings of no-bid contracts – that's right, sweetheart deals like those given Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater. The kind of deals you get only if you have friends in high places.
And these war profiteers have friends in very high places.
Let’s go back a few years to the 1990s, when private citizen Dick Cheney was running Halliburton, the big energy service company.
That’s when he told the oil industry that, “By 2010 we will need on the order of an additional fifty million barrels a day. So where is the oil going to come from? While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, the Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies.”
Fast forward to Cheney’s first heady days in the White House. The oil industry and other energy conglomerates have been handed backdoor keys to the White House, and their CEOs and lobbyists were trooping in and out for meetings with their old pal, now Vice President Cheney.
The meetings are secret, conducted under tight security, but as we reported five years ago, among the documents that turned up from some of those meetings were maps of oil fields in Iraq – and a list of companies who wanted access to them.
Originally posted by Dan Tanna
reply to post by jsobecky
Ohhh your not a federal employee are you by any chance ? or an oil employee ?
dammit, if you see nothing wrong with oil companies using a nations military to destroy millions of lives, killing thousands upon thousands and invading soverign countries, i guess you had no problems then with hitler invading all those countries he did for economic gain..
I read some real whacked posts on ATS, but yours just won the first prize hands down.
No problem with oil companies pushing for war through the vice President...
Im speechless, i don't know where to start......
International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.
In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing."
President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal either because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of self-defence permitted by international law.
But Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would have been morally unacceptable.
French intransigence, he added, meant there had been "no practical mechanism consistent with the rules of the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein".
Mr Perle, who was speaking at an event organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, had argued loudly for the toppling of the Iraqi dictator since the end of the 1991 Gulf war.
"They're just not interested in international law, are they?" said Linda Hugl, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which launched a high court challenge to the war's legality last year. "It's only when the law suits them that they want to use it."
U.N. Resolution 1441 didn't authorize the immediate use of force, only the inspections for WMD in Iraq. "The war wasn't authorized by Article 39, so it was an act of aggression by Bush and Blair," said Weston.
Under the standards of the Nuremberg trials, the war in Iraq is considered a crime against peace. "If the regime engages in war crimes, the architects of the war are considered war criminals. Therefore Bush and his entourage are war criminals under international law," concluded Weston.
Originally posted by jsobecky
reply to post by jhill76
Let's assume for a minute that what Kucinich says is true.
That a group of oil execs met with Cheney and discussed invading Iraq.
So what? What law was broken? It sounds like they were just exercising their First Amendment rights.
If "pushing war" is a crime, then why isn't "pushing for peace"?
Kucinich is a moonbat. He's tilting at windmills, as usual. He should go play with his BigWheels in the driveway.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
So, if we went to war for oil, where is it?
If we went to war for oil, why are we still beholden to Saudi and Venezuealan oil?
If we went to war for oil, why are we fighting about drilling our own?
If we went to war for oil, shouldn't we be getting some of this oil?
Could it be that the oil still belongs to the Iraqis?
Could it be that we didn't go to war for oil, after all?