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Sunday, April 25, 2004
 
Snowmobiles or Oil Fields?

As you know one of the major criticisms of BushCo's handling of security policy prior to September 11, 2001 was that it focused almost exclusively on rogue states rather than on the idea that a "movement" organizations such as Al Qaida were a threat. Of course, to hear the revisionist historians working for the administration and Fox News, we are told that Osama was always the highest priority. (LIE!)

The administration also claims that they were not planning the invasion of Iraq prior to a simple contingency plan attached to the Afghan battle strategy. (LIE!)

But now we come to an interesting juxtaposition with a *third* event. In 2001 Dick Cheney met with his super secret energy task force. Most of the folks pursuing the meeting minutes between Unkle Dick and Ken Lay (among others) were environmental and "open government" activists. But what if the real secret of the Energy Task Force was that it was advocating the invasion of Iraq and the seizure of the oil fields?

Until now, I would have dismissed this as tin-foil-hat territory, but Josh Marshall has dug out a very damning tidbit from a February New Yorker article. (emphasis added)
Additional evidence that Cheney played an early planning role is contained in a previously undisclosed National Security Council document, dated February 3, 2001. The top-secret document, written by a high-level N.S.C. official, concerned Cheney newly formed Energy Task Force. It directed the N.S.C. staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the melding of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy: the review of operational policies towards rogue states, such as Iraq, and actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.
And all this time we thought Cheney wanted to shade the fact that BushCo was going to allow snowmobiles back into Yellowstone.

Gee, I guess he *really did* have something to hide.
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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