August 30, 2002

Or, 'dick' Cheney Attempts To Distract Nation from Halliburton, Harken, Enron *

Dick 'Chickenhawk' Cheney mentioned that Saddam "has already shown his willingness to use" weapons of mass destruction. But he didn't note, for obvious reasons, that the United States was giving Saddam material intelligence and advice at the same time he was using chemical weapons against the Iranians in the 1980s.

Iraq is no "mortal threat" to the United States, and I doubt Saddam Hussein is amassing weapons of mass destruction to use in a first strike against us, as Cheney suggested. Saddam Hussein knows full well that if he attacked the United States, he would be wiped out.

He has already proven that he is not suicidal. Back in 1991, during the first Gulf War, the United States warned him that if he used his chemical and biological weapons, which he had on hand, he would face annihilation. And so he didn't use them. There's no reason to believe he's more suicidal now than he was then. He is barbaric, yes; but he's a power monger.

*See also Distraction and Misdirection, a BuzzFlash reader commentary.

'"Millions of dollars of US oil business with Iraq are being channeled discreetly through European and other companies, in a practice that has highlighted the double standards now dominating relations between Baghdad and Washington after a decade of crippling sanctions. Though legal, leading US oil service companies such as Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Flowserve, Fisher-Rosemount and others, have used subsidiaries and joint venture companies for this lucrative business, so as to avoid straining relations with Washington and jeopardising their ties with President Saddam Hussein's government in Baghdad." Guess it's cheaper just to go in and seize the oilfields at taxpayer expense, eh Dick?' -, with thanks to

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