Retired US Army General Wesley Clark revealed that the U.S. government had planned just ten days after 9/11 to attack seven countries in five years, “starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.”
The “Big Oil” wars being played out currently by the world powers largely boils down to the United States, China, and Russia fighting for control over Eurasian oil and gas resources ever since the former Soviet Union split up. Russia is adamant on keeping the Americans out of its Central Asian backyard. Russia aims to increase European gas dominance whereas the U.S. wants the European Union to diversify its energy supply, primarily away from Russian dominance. There are already three major Russian pipelines that are supplying energy to Europe, and Russia has planned two new pipelines.
According to former Vice President Dick Cheney, Iraq’s oil and gas fields are a major U. S. “national security” issue. This is the same Dick Cheney who conceded that as Halliburton CEO he opposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, even though as Vice President he strongly supported them. Cheney explained that as a private sector official, he didn’t have any responsibility to be concerned about the impact of his company’s dealings with Iran. As he indicated when asked about the federal investigation into his illegal actions of breaking the sanctions, he said: “That’s a whole set of considerations that a CEO doesn’t have to worry about, that a private company doesn’t have to worry about.”
Cheney and Halliburton evaded U.S. law to do business deals with Iran. In 1995, President Clinton signed an executive order barring U.S. investment in Iran’s energy sector. To evade U.S. law, Halliburton set up an offshore subsidiary that engaged in dealings with Iran claiming that “what we do with respect to Iran and Libya is done through foreign subsidiaries totally in compliance with U.S. law.”
Cheney has been criticized for his leadership of Halliburton, including the company’s contracts for Iraq reconstruction and its overbilling for services in that country. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department investigated top officials, involving a consortium that included a Halliburton subsidiary which paid millions of dollars in bribes to win oil contracts in Nigeria. The Justice Department also accused Halliburton officials of taking $6.3 million in kickbacks in Iraq. The Pentagon investigated whether the company overcharged U.S. taxpayers by more than $186 million for meals never served to U.S. troops abroad.
LOCATION OF OIL WARS
It is no coincidence that the worst war-torn countries also have large oil and gas resources. Big oil creates big wars that need loans from big central banks to feed the big war-machine. After the government is toppled and civil war ravages the country, fleecing the country is easy to do. The list below consists of war-torn countries that are being destroyed to gain profits for U.S. oil companies.
Afghanistan – controls an oil/gas pipeline for Central Asian – Unocal’s proposed $7.6 billion, 1,040 mile-long TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline). China is also pushing for an alternative to TAPI with a Turkmenistan-Afghan-China pipeline.
Iraq – The U.S. openly attacked Iraq to overthrow its government and take control of its oil. George W. Bush is quoted as saying “mission accomplished” for Iraq.
Iran – Civil unrest began due to a threat to nationalize the oil/gas industry. The Turkmenistan-Iran gas pipeline, constructed in 1997, was the first new pipeline going out from Central Asia. Iran signed a $120 billion gas exploration deal with China. Iran also plans to sell its gas to Europe through its Persian Gas pipeline which can become a rival to the US Nabucco pipeline. It is also the key party in the proposed Iran-Pakistan (IP) pipeline which will sell gas from its mega South Pars fields to Pakistan and India. China has also shown interest in the construction of IP on the Pakistani side and further expanding it to China.
Libya – Obama illegally attacked Libya and did not get congressional authorization for use of force or a declaration of war. Obama and Clinton instigated the Arab Spring which lead to civil war and the theft of Libyan oil.
Israel – In June 2010, the Leviathan, the largest gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean that stretches from Egypt to Syria was discovered by Noble Energy. The natural gas reserves in that find that are in Palestinian, Lebanese Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Syrian territorial waters are estimated to be 25 trillion cubic feet. Some experts are estimating that there might also be up to 600 million barrels of oil. That discovery is now causing enormous political and economic consequences.
Syria – Obama illegally attacked Syria and did not get congressional authorization for use of force or a declaration of war. Russia and China have both vetoed every UN Resolution put forward by the United States to use military force against Syria. Syria is an integral part of the proposed 1,200 km Arab Gas Pipeline. Regime change was planned against Syria, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and Iran over 20 years ago by the CIA. Turkey, Israel and the U.S. want an assured flow of gas through Syria and don’t want a Syrian regime which is not loyal to those three countries to stand in the way of the pipelines.
Lebanon – part of the Leviathan, the largest gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Palestine – part of the Leviathan, the largest gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean. Continuous war with its competing oil nation of Israel.
Greece – In 2010, the Greek Energy Ministry formed Greece’s Energean Oil & Gas to research the prospects for oil and gas in Greek waters. Preliminary estimates now are that total offshore oil in Greek waters exceeds 22 billion barrels in the Ionian Sea off western Greece and some 4 billion barrels in the northern Aegean Sea around $9 trillion dollars in estimated value.