One is Jim McDermott from Washington State. He connects the obvious dots from our overthrow of the secular, democratically elected president of Iran in 1953 with Bush & Cheney salivating over attacking Iran today:
Under Mossadegh, the Iranian government decided to reclaim Iran's rightful ownership of its national oil treasure, which had been exclusively controlled by the British who were taking 85 percent of the profits.
Oh, and by the way, the U.K. also kept the books secret, merely telling Iran what its 15 percent take was.
As soon as Mossadegh began to reclaim Iran's oil treasure, it was all over. Operation Ajax was set into motion.
The U.S. embassy in Tehran provoked phony internal Iranian dissent, while the Brits engineered an Iranian financial crisis by orchestrating a global boycott of Iranian oil. We brought down the Iranian government and installed the Shah.***Overthrowing Iran in 1953 was all about oil. Invading Iraq was all about oil. And the new secret plot against Iran is all about oil.
Oil is the only benchmark this president and vice president want, and they will keep American soldiers fighting and dying until an oil law is passed in Iraq that gives Western oil companies control of the spigot.
It is time to unmask the latest doomed plot to overthrow Iran and past time to get out soldiers out of Iraq.FULL TEXT
Dennis Kucinich has made statement after statement on this, despite being ignored and ridiculed by the press, which is ironic since he is one of the few talking to the American people like adults and letting us in on the real debate instead of patronizing us with horror stories of boogie men like Republicans or the Hallmark platitudes of most Democrats.
On May 10th, he explained why the oil benchmark in the Iraq appropriation bill is probably a bad idea (it also happens to endorse a war crime).
Kucinich released another statement May 24.
"There has been a broad deception about the content of the hydrocarbon law, a deception which has taken in members of Congress and the media. Misdescribed tactically as a revenue sharing plan, it is in fact a radical plan to privatize Iraq's oil.
"The law before the Iraq Parliament contains 3 vague lines about revenue sharing and 33 solid pages of a complex legal restructuring, facilitating the privatization of Iraq's oil resources. The sharing will not be 1/3 of 100%. The sharing is more likely to be 1/3 of 20% at most, after private oil interests take their cut. The stage is being set for theft on a historic scale.
"Iraq may have as much as 300 billion barrels of oil to be tapped. At a market value of $70 a barrel, the value of its oil may approach $21 trillion.
"In the past twenty four hours the Vice President made an extraordinary trip to Baghdad to urge the Iraqi Parliament to stay in session to pass a "hydrocarbon law" which provides for "revenue sharing." Today, President Bush explicitly mentioned that he could come to an agreement if it included a benchmark for "sharing oil reserves." This is the tone of the legislation which the House passed tonight.
"The legislative debate between the Congressional Democrats and the Republicans misses the point of the key issue regarding the invasion, occupation and long term US presence in Iraq - - oil.
"The attempted theft of the oil assets of Iraq under the guise of a plan to end the war will keep the war going long into the future.FULL TEXT
On the day before, Kucinich took an hour on the floor of the House to explain the details of what Bush and Cheney are trying to do with Iraqi oil.
An article in the DC insider publication The Hill sums up establishment Washington's response to Kucinich's speech:
His declarations went largely ignored. No one sought to intervene, and when he was done, the House quickly moved to a non-controversial bill revising the boundaries of The Carl Sandburg Home National.That was meant as an insult to Kucinich, but it is really an insult to democracy, to the Iraqis, to our troops, to us, and to anyone who would put people ahead of profits.
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