Originally posted by JBryan:
I really don't know why I have wasted all this time writing this since you seem to think the crisis we face has been manufactured for the sake of an oil pipeline.
No, JBryan, I do not believe that the crisis we face is because of an oil pipeline. I do believe the crisis we face, though, is primarily because of our need for oil -- which is the reason I believe we are in the Middle East and thus have engendered so much hatred to cause something like 9/11.
I also believe that there are those who have seen this crisis an a opportunity for such things as the pipeline in Afganistan (and increased surveillance of people they whose view they do not like in the US) and are taking advantage of it.
I worry when the stated purpose of our going into another country changes so quickly and so dramatically. I also worry when I know that one of the first major international initiatives of a US installed government toitally dependent on the US, which should be focusing on securing its country, is to give to an American company something that company has wanted for a long time -- a company the US Ambassador once worked for.
Cynical? Yes. Correct? Who knows? But such things cannot and should not be ignored.
There have always been war profiteers. Why should this be any different?
And no, it does not increase my feeling of security knowing that history of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the oil industry, where they have gotten money in the past, what they have done in the past and what is now happening.
God knows I hope I am wrong. But the President and his administration can spew all the patriotic rhetoric they want and give all the rousing speeches they want. And then we need to look at their deeds. And right now, I do not see their deeds matching their rhetoric.
If you truly believe that what they are doing is all for the highest motivation, then more power to you. I, though, do not give Bush2 the benefit of the doubt on such things, any more than I gave it to Clinton, Bush1, Reagan, Carter (well, maybe Carter), Ford, Nixon , Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower or any of the others.