I don’t have anything to add, per se, to the howling gale of discourse on the whole Plame/Rove/CIA thing, except, of course, for one of my Grand Unified Field Theories. Tin foil hats at the ready, ladies and gentlemen? Good. Let’s proceed.
Our jumping off point, today, will be, as last time, the meetings between representatives of Enron (and other Big Energy muscle) and the office of the Vice-President, the now-fabled Cheney Energy Task Force. Having Enron and Halliburton and others into Cheney’s office for coffee and talking about how to divide up the world’s oil supply… this is where the plan for the invasion of Iraq begins…
9/11 happens. It’s a small matter of tasking Fox News to DRILL the “link” between Saddam and Al Qaeda into the heads of the American public. The rest of the fourth estate follows along like sleepy children.
In the run-up to the war, the propaganda machine is running full-blast when Joe Wilson sticks his head up and says “Uh…. not so fast.”
OK… why Joe Wilson? What was Joe Wilson’s interest in derailing the Iraqi-nukes claim? This guy was no friend of Saddam (which is not to say that one must embrace the Instapundit/Andrew Sullivan false dichotomy of anti-war=objectively pro-Saddam). Remember that Wilson was the Ambassador to Iraq who sheltered more than one hundred US Personnel at the US Embassy in Baghdad during Gulf War 1 and publicly mocked Saddam Hussein when the deposed Iraqi leader threatened to kill anyone sheltering US personnel.
So, why does this career diplomat draw a line in the sand and say “You people are out of your minds.” In the current atmosphere of “fuck up and get promoted” of the Bush White House, Wilson’s career would have only been enhanced if he had come back from Niger and said “Dude… the place was crawling with Iraqis.”
According to Billmon’s parsing of the description of whom exactly sent Joe Wilson to Niger (and I trust Billmon’s judgement, despite our differences): “The record seems to show the CIA dispatched Wilson to Africa because Cheney kept pushing the spooks for more information on the mythical uranium deal, not in response to a specific request from the vice president’s office.”
The resulting war over the facts points in several different directions at once, though I would hesitate to say that any of these possible motivations cancels the other out-
1. Wilson may have been a man of principle and was just calling a Spade a Spade.
2. He may also have been firing one of the more public shots in the CIA/Department of Special Plans/White House turf war. The outing of his wife was the answering public shot.
3. There’s the additional possibility that the Energy Muscle Group strong-arming the Cheney Energy Task Force (as if they needed that much coercion) still exists as a shadow force in the Bush Administration and they perceived Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame as a threat, not just because Wilson was calling the Bushistas out for “fixing the intelligence around the policy” (ahem) but also because Plame’s actual job at CIA was under the cover of front group Brewster and Jennings.
it was not long before stories from the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal tied Brewster, Jennings & Associates to energy, oil and the Saudi-owned Arabian American Oil Company, or ARAMCO. Brewster Jennings had been a founder of Mobil Oil company, one of Aramco’s principal founders.
According to additional sources interviewed by Wayne Madsen, Brewster Jennings was, in fact, a well-established CIA proprietary company, linked for many years to ARAMCO. The demise of Brewster Jennings was also guaranteed the moment Plame was outed.
All of ARAMCO’s key decisions are made by the Saudi royal family while US oil expertise, personnel and technology keeps the cash coming in and the oil going out. ARAMCO operates, manages, and maintains virtually all Saudi oil fields – 25% of all the oil on the planet.
It gets better.
According to a New York Times report on March 8th of this year, ARAMCO is planning to make a 25% investment in a new and badly needed refinery to produce gasoline. The remaining 75% ownership of the refinery will go to the only nation that is quickly becoming America’s major world competitor for ever-diminishing supplies of oil: China.
Almost the entire Bush administration has an interest in ARAMCO.
The Boston Globe reported that in 2001 ARAMCO had signed a $140 million multi-year contract with Halliburton, then chaired by Dick Cheney, to develop a new oil field. Halliburton does a lot of business in Saudi Arabia. Current estimates of Halliburton contracts or joint ventures in the country run into the tens of billions of dollars.
[Brewster-Jennings was a] long-term proprietary and deep-cover NOC – well established and consistently producing “take” from ARAMCO (and who knows what else in Saudi Arabia). It was destroyed with a motive of personal vengeance (there may have been other motives) by someone inside the White House.
Valerie Plame was the head of the CIA’s leash on a giant Petro-Chemical player in the region. Perhaps the “outing” of Valerie Plame was not just punishment for Joe Wilson’s revelation in the NY Times that the intelligence was being fixed around the policy…. perhaps it was that and more. It may have been Energy Muscle (who have apparently completely punked the White House) poking out the eye at the keyhole as they prepared to extend their hegemony to the Iraqi oil reserves.
Or maybe I am just a complete paranoid.