Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sen. Feinstein flees Iraq oil theft law question

On one aspect of the Iraq War, Democrats & Republicans are in eerie unison: they won't talk about how the Iraq War and the Hydrocarbon Law Bush is forcing on the Iraqis benefits Big Oil.

The question on the Hydrocarbon Law is in the last fourth of the video, so you can pull the slider to there if you want. Transcript is with video.


Contrast her evasion and that of other Democratic "leaders" caught on video with the statements of Dennis Kucinich and Jim McDermott in the House. You can disagree with these guys, but at least they are letting us in on the real debate, not talking to us in childish platitudes.

Feinstein's evasion which tacitly lends support to the war might be because her husband has gotten hundreds of millions worth of contracts in Iraq which led to her being forced to step down from a military appropriations subcommittee due to the obvious conflict of interests. Are similar financial interests trumping democracy with our other elected representatives in Washington?

As the father of a dead soldier said in the Washington Post today:

To whom do Kennedy, Kerry and Lynch listen? We know the answer: to the same people who have the ear of George W. Bush and Karl Rove -- namely, wealthy individuals and institutions.

Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing. By comparison, the lives of U.S. soldiers figure as an afterthought.

I hope the Democrats in Congress will prove me and this father wrong. They haven't yet.

OIL motive for IRAQ WAR resources

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