posted on Feb, 12 2003 @ 11:48 AM
President Bush's Cabinet agreed in April 2001 that 'Iraq remains a destabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the
Middle East' and because this is an unacceptable risk to the US 'military intervention' is necessary.
Vice-president Dick Cheney, who chairs the White House Energy Policy Development Group, commissioned a report on 'energy security' from the Baker
Institute for Public Policy, a think-tank set up by James Baker, the former US secretary of state under George Bush Snr.
The report, Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century, concludes: 'The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq
remains a de- stabilising influence to ... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a
willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export programme to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an
immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/ diplomatic assessments.
I think this report,Taken with Colin Powells recent comments can been seen as"The Smoking Gun"I hope we can all finally except that Oil does indeed
lubricate the slippery slope to war.