Deep Underground with Raul Groom

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Conspiracy theorists have good memories. That's why Laurie Mylroie was the first to remember that the supposedly "secret" document that O'Neill showed us on 60 Minutes the other night was actually not secret at all, but has in fact been available to the public for months under the discovery agreement in the Larry Klayman Energy Task Force Case.

She tells us all about it here.

Unfortunately, in general conspiracy theorists lack a certain cognitive capacity we often call "logic." In this case, Mylroie makes an excellent point; it just isn't the point she was trying to make.

The intrepid conspiracymonger points out that in this very same document were plans to carve up UAE and Saudi Arabia just as the page we saw carved up Iraq. Does that mean that the Bush Administration was about to invade Saudi Arabia? That's absurd, right?

It is indeed absurd. Absurd because the situation in UAE and Saudi Arabia is not analagous to the situation in Iraq. At the time of Cheney's secret ETF meetings, Saudi Arabia and UAE were favored allies. It was perfectly legal and feasible for U.S. contracting firms to be planning projects in those countries, and for those projects to be included in our national energy strategy.

What was NOT legal and feasible was for those same countries to be planning projects in Iraq. Iraq, as you may remeber, was at the time considered under U.S. policy to be a reincarnation of Nazi Germany and the greatest threat to world peace on the planet.

The only way it made sense for these companies to be planning projects in Iraq is if they believed the U.S. was about to invade and install a client regime that would allow them to take over all the oil contracts. And the only way that this would have made sense as an inclusion in the national energy strategy is if the White House were actively pursuing such a plan.

So Mylroie has indeed exposed a "hoax," in fact two of them. The Treasury investigation into O'Neill's publication of "secret" documents is certainly a hoax, since the documents in question have been in the public domain for months. Bush's new claim that September 11th was the catalyst for actually implementing the plan for "regime change" in Iraq is closer to the legal definition of a hoax than that of a lie, because while it's clearly intended to mislead the gullible portions of the public, no reasonable person could be expected to believe it.


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