[OPE-L:8439] Re: RE: petrodollars, oil, etc.

From: rakeshb@stanford.edu
Date: Thu Feb 06 2003 - 15:03:34 EST

Quoting rakeshb@Stanford.EDU:

> Iraq's challenging of it seems to have truly bothered Harrington 
> who was one of the directors of Brown Brothers Harrington with 
> which the Bush family has been aligned since its inception. Well 

I meant Harriman, Averell Harriman. Still haven't read the 
Nordhaus piece. 

>Robert Fisk: You wanted to believe him - but it was like 
something out of 
>06 February 2003
>Sources, foreign intelligence sources, "our sources," defectors, 
>sources, sources. Colin Powell's terror talk to the United Nations 
>Security Council yesterday sounded like one of those 
>reports on the front page of The New York Times - where it will 
>certainly be treated with due reverence in this morning's edition. It 
>a bit like heating up old soup. Haven't we heard most of this stuff 
>before? Should one trust the man? General Powell, I mean, not 
>Certainly we don't trust Saddam but Secretary of State Powell's 
>presentation was a mixture of awesomely funny recordings of 
>Republican Guard telephone intercepts  la Samuel Beckett that 
just might 
>have been some terrifying little proof that Saddam really is 
conning the 
>UN inspectors again, and some ancient material on the Monster 
of Baghdad's 
>all too well known record of beastliness. I am still waiting to hear 
>Arabic for the State Department's translation of "Okay Buddy" - 
>it done, Sir" - this from the Republican Guard's "Captain Ibrahim", 
>heaven's sake - and some dinky illustrations of mobile bio-labs 
>lorries and railway trucks were in such perfect condition that they 
>suggested the Pentagon didn't have much idea of the dilapidated 
state of 
>Saddam's army.
>It was when we went back to Halabja and human rights abuses 
and all 
>Saddam's old sins, as recorded by the discredited Unscom 
team, that we 
>started eating the old soup again. Jack Straw may have thought 
all this 
>"the most powerful and authoritative case" but when we were 
forced to 
>listen to Iraq's officer corps communicating by phone - "yeah", 
>"yeah?", "yeah..." - it was impossible not to ask oneself if Colin 
>had really considered the effect this would have on the outside 
> From time to time, the words "Iraq: Failing To Disarm - Denial 
> Deception" appeared on the giant video screen behind General 
Powell. Was 
> this a CNN logo, some of us wondered? But no, it was CNN's 
> channel, the US Department of State.
>Because Colin Powell is supposed to be the good cop to the 
>bad cop routine, one wanted to believe him. The Iraqi officer's 
>order to his subordinate - "remove 'nerve agents' whenever it 
comes up in 
>the wireless instructions" - looked as if the Americans had 
indeed spotted 
>a nasty new little line in Iraqi deception. But a dramatic picture of 
>pilotless Iraqi aircraft capable of spraying poison chemicals 
turned out 
>to be the imaginative work of a Pentagon artist.
>And when General Powell started blathering on about "decades'' 
of contact 
>between Saddam and al-Qa'ida, things went wrong for the 
Secretary of 
>State. Al-Qa'ida only came into existence five years ago, since Bin 
>- "decades" ago - was working against the Russians for the CIA, 
>present day director was sitting grave-faced behind General 
Powell. And 
>Colin Powell's new version of his President's State of the Union 
lie - 
>that the "scientists" interviewed by UN inspectors had been Iraqi 
>intelligence agents in disguise - was singularly unimpressive. 
The UN 
>talked to scientists, the new version went, but they were posing 
for the 
>real nuclear and bio boys whom the UN wanted to talk to. 
General Powell 
>said America was sharing its information with the UN inspectors 
but it was 
>clear yesterday that much of what he had to say about alleged 
new weapons 
>development - the decontamination truck at the Taji chemical 
>factory, for example, the "cleaning" of the Ibn al-Haythem ballistic 
>missile factory on 25 November - had not been given to the UN at 
the time. 
>Why wasn't this intelligence information given to the inspectors 
>ago? Didn't General Powell's beloved UN resolution 1441 
demand that all 
>such intelligence information should be given to Hans Blix and 
his lads 
>immediately? Were the Americans, perhaps, not being 
"pro-active" enough?
>The worst moment came when General Powell started talking 
about anthrax 
>and the 2001 anthrax attacks in Washington and New York, 
>holding up a teaspoon of the imaginary spores and - while not 
>saying so - fraudulently suggesting a connection between 
Saddam Hussein 
>and the 2001 anthrax scare.
>When the Secretary of State held up Iraq's support for the 
>Hamas organisation, which has an office in Baghdad, as proof of 
>support for "terror'' - there was, of course, no mention of 
>support for Israel and its occupation of Palestinian land - the 
>theatre began to collapse. There are Hamas offices in Beirut, 
Damascus and 
>Iran. Is the 82nd Airborne supposed to grind on to Lebanon, Syria 
and Iran?
>There was an almost macabre opening to the play when General 
>arrived at the Security Council, cheek-kissing the delegates and 
>his great arms around them. Jack Straw fairly bounded up for his 
>American hug.
>Indeed, there were moments when you might have thought that 
the whole 
>chamber, with its toothy smiles and constant handshakes, 
contained a room 
>full of men celebrating peace rather than war. Alas, not so. These 
>elegantly dressed statesmen were constructing the framework 
that would 
>allow them to kill quite a lot of people, the monstrous Saddam 
>with his cronies, but a considerable number of innocents as well. 
>recalled, of course, the same room four decades ago when 
General Powell's 
>predecessor Adlai Stevenson showed photos of the ships 
carrying Soviet 
>missiles to Cuba.
>Alas, today's pictures carried no such authority. And Colin Powell 
is no 
>Adlai Stevenson.
>World reaction
>A "typical American show complete with stunts and special 
effects" was 
>Iraq's scathing dismissal of General Powell's presentation. 
>al-Douri, above, Iraq's UN ambassador, accused the US of 
>evidence and said the charges were "utterly unrelated to the truth.
>"No new information was provided, merely sound recordings that 
cannot be 
>ascertained as genuine," he said. "There are incorrect 
>unnamed sources, unknown sources."
>Lt-Gen Amir al-Saadi, an adviser to Saddam Hussein, said the 
>pictures "proved nothing". On the allegation that Iraq had faked 
the death 
>certificate of a scientist to shield them from UN inspectors, he 
>"If [General Powell] thinks any of those scientists marked as 
deceased is 
>still in existence, let him come up with it."
>Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, left, praised General Powell for 
>"powerful and authoritative case". He said the presentation "laid 
bare the 
>deceit practised by the regime of Saddam Hussein, and worse, 
the very 
>great danger it represents.
>"Secretary Powell has set out deeply worrying reports about the 
>in Iraq of one of Osama bin Laden's lieutenants, al-Zarqawi, and 
>members of al-Qaida, and their efforts to develop poisons.
>"The recent discovery of the poison ricin in London has 
underlined again 
>that this is a threat which all of us face.
>"Saddam is defying every one of us ... He questions our resolve 
and is 
>gambling that we will lose our nerve rather than enforce our will."
>France called for the number of inspectors to be tripled and the 
>beefed up. Dominique de Villepin, the Foreign Minister, above, 
>inspections should continue but under "an enhanced regime of 
>monitoring". Iraq must also do more to co-operate - including 
>flights from U-2 spy planes. "The use of force can only be a final 
>recourse," he said.
>China said the work of the inspectors should continue. Tang 
Jiaxuan, the 
>Foreign Minister, said immediately after General Powell's 
>"As long as there is still the slightest hope for political settlement, 
>should exert our utmost effort to achieve that."
>Inspections should continue, Igor Ivanov, the Foreign Minister, 
>said. More study was needed of the evidence presented by 
General Powell, 
>he added. Meanwhile, inspections "must be continued".
>The Powell presentation and the findings of the weapons 
inspectors "have 
>to be examined carefully", said Joschka Fischer, the Foreign 
Minister. "We 
>must continue to seek a peaceful solution."
>Binyamin Netanyahu, the Foreign Minister, left, said: "We've 
known this a 
>long time. We've shared intelligence with the US, and I think the 
US has 
>shared some of that today." General Powell "laid bare the true 
nature of 
>Saddam Hussein's regime, and I think he also exposed the great 
dangers ... 
>to the region and the world".
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