So often here, and everywhere else, Bush is blasted as dumb. However, it seems he recieved high marks (higher than Kerry) on his intelligence test
when entering the military. (and no, if you're wondering, this isnt a pro-Bush thread.) So what if he isn't stupid? Then what could be the driving
force(s) behind his policies and actions?
Bush is often accused of looking out for corporate interests, and shaping his policy around the desires of these corporations. While the ties are
there, what does this profit Bush in the end? Not much, in reality. More oil? That doesn't make HIM money. And, if you look, his administration has
been marked by rooting out dishonesty in corporations. Many dishonest actions that previously would have been let slide have been prosecuted. How does
this help the corporate world? And if you want to throw in Cheney and his ties, specifically Haliburton, again, where does Cheney profit? To me, it's
obvious why Haliburton would be given the contract. It is a known and trusted option to bring into a country that is a mess. If you're going into a
country like Iraq and trying to rebuild, wouldnt you want companies you feel you can trust and rely on at your back?
Conclusion: Big business is a possibility, but not one that really makes much sense, all things considered. More of an easy thing to comprehend and
latch on to, than a real explanation.
Make daddy proud
I have heard it tossed about also that G.W. Bush went to war in Iraq to make his daddy happy. All I have to say to this is that, while his family
might have been known as rather dysfunctional, no one with such a simple minded agenda could ever become president. Such a person would have too
limited of a scope to their drive to succeed.
This option has a little more possibility. I think it is pretty clear that Bush has tried to establish close ties with the Saudi's. However, how
would this really shape his policy? What would the Saudi's possibly give in return for Bush shaping policy to make them happy? All they really have
is money, which Bush could get many other ways, and oil. So it must be oil. But then we are back at the old oil talk again, right? Maybe not.
Why would Bush want said oil, since it isn't HIS gain, and on top of which, the US is not even profitting from the Iraqi oil? Because he thinks that
those whose interests concern him will need the oil. For what, and why? Often numbers are thrown about saying that oil will run out in X amount of
time, usually not that far in the future, so could he want it to have some control over the fuel that the US will need? Perhaps. What other options
Option #3 A
Bush wants control of the Iraqi oil to protect american interests, sees and opportunity to gain it, through an easy target in Hussein, and thus we go
to war and gain control of said oil. If oil is to become as scarce as projected, protecting american interests in such a way might not have been such
a bad idea. Not to international liking, obviously, but still, it might have been a prudent move, IF things are expected to become dire.
Option #3 B
Bush is a bloodthirsty warlord and craves the power and energy flexibility that having access to such large oil reserves will grant him. His interests
are either personal, and he's the next Hitler, or perhaps they have NWO (or pick another society) ties, and he is grabbing power to further these
evil plans. All of the people of the world who hate Bush gleefully adhere to this option, if they are aware of this theory. But really, it's pretty
the New World Order
This option is one where Bush is a member of secret society elite, among the secret powers that conspire to bring about a New World Order. A curious
option, as rhetoric seems to have ramped up in recent years for a new world order, some of it involving Bush himself. The problem is, does such a
devious entity as the NWO, or rather the organization behind it, even exist? Most of us here would likely believe that. To me, at least, it seems
certain that there is....shall we say, a power behind the power, or perhaps a world on the other side of the mirror. So this Option has some life to
it, as well.
So what can we conclude?
It seems that Bush had a reason for wanting us access to Iraqi oil. Or, perhaps, the power behind the power had an interest. For profit seems
unlikely, as Bush is a proponent of new energy sources, which will hurt the oil industry in the long term, and also because he wouldn't reap the oil
profit. So Bush has gained access to a major oil source. If an oil crisis arose, the US would likely be in a position to survive without too much
damage. This would be ending #1. Bush could be a puppet for a major power behind the power, and the war in Iraq was just a move in the puppetmaster's
global game of chess. This would be ending #2. And then there is ending #3.
Bush gains control of an oil source, and frees an oppressed people, while also thwarting the violation of UN policies and abuse of UN programs by the
French, Russians, and Germans, who were a large part of the reason why Iraq was still a threat of any sort. The freeing of the oppressed pleases
Bush's religious side, because it not only aides those in need, but takes out an Islamic warlord. That sounds pretty cheery to him, I would think. In
addition, the US gains control of an oil source, and thwarts France, Russia, and Germany's corruption. As a "global cop," this would please Bush as
well. And the oil, the oil, what about the oil? Given the extent of planning for restoring all oil operations, the oil is very important to Bush as
well. What if it is important for valid reasons, not nefarious ones?
What would those reasons be? They would have to be a threat, and a large one. Is the threat terrorism? Perhaps there is a plot, unknown to the public
for national security reasons, to cripple to US by severly damaging or destroying the ability of the US to import oil. This seems EXTREMELY likely,
as, without the oil, every aspect of the US would be crippled. Transportation, industry, commerce, military, etc. There would not be a single aspect
of daily life that would not be affected. Millions would die, and the US would become vulnerable. So, to counter this, the US now has a strong
presence in a country that has a major oil source. Sounds like a good solution to me. Perhaps not executed as well as could be hoped, but still, a
What other threats are possible? I would have to say the other major threat, and one that is getting huge attention suddenly, would be a natural
threat, such as severe climate change, pole switching, etc. Obviously, most of the major "doomsday" scenarios have flaws, but it's not too far
fetched that there could be a serious threat of this sort. Does anyone here honestly think the general public would be made aware of it? I certainly
don't. Now some of you are probably thinking, "whoa, but Bush doesn't even care about the environment!" Maybe he doesn't. Or maybe he knows that
environmental initiatives won't matter. Because maybe, just maybe, he isnt stupid.
To conclude, I would just like to say that i am not predicting disaster, or terrorist strikes, etc. I just wanted to accomplish two things. One, to
throw out some possibilities to everyone as to what might be going on, beyond the usual, short-sighted "Bush is an #$%&*#$!," a war criminal, etc.
Secondly to make people think about this outside of partly lines, out side of personal feelings. Be objective. Look beyond the symptoms and try to
find the cause of the symptoms. Our president isn't an unintelligent man. Nor is he, I think, a rabid christian. (He only used that, I think, to draw
support, and with that, votes.) He has a plan, and I can guarantee you, it's not so simple as so many make it out to be, nor is it likely based on
any information we are privy to. But if we can look at REAL possibilities, and look deeper than the surface, there could be, most likely WILL be,
information let slip that could point to a solution to this question. Something big COULD be on the horizon, but it's not topped the rise yet, we
don't think, but it's hard to tell through the walls and the fog. So keep an eye out, and maybe we can at least get a shape of what is to come.
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