USA: Cheney pushes Bush for war on Iran

This video from the USA is called Fahrenheit 9/11 – Halliburton Scene.

As if the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc. are not already enough, George W. Bush’s vice president Dick Cheney is pushing for war in Iran as well (to destroy evidence of his Halliburton’s selling nuclear components to Iran?).

From British daily The Guardian:

Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran

· Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out
· President ‘not prepared to leave conflict unresolved’

Ewen MacAskill in Washington and Julian Borger
Monday July 16, 2007

The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned.

The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.”

See also here.

5 thoughts on “USA: Cheney pushes Bush for war on Iran

  1. *Papers Detail [Energy] Industry’s Role in Cheney’s Energy Report*
    Posted by: “hapi22” robinsegg
    Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:21 am (PST)

    *One of the participants in Dick Cheney’s energy task force was **Steve
    Griles ( a former mining lobbyist)**. **While he was on Cheney’s energy
    task force**, **Griles represented **Caithness Energy, L.L.C. — a
    privately held Independent Power Producer specializing in power
    generation. **Bush then appointed Steve Griles as the No. 2 official in
    the Interior Department**, which is the federal Dept. responsible for
    protecting our environment. **Steve Griles pled guilty to obstructing
    the Jack Abramoff investigation and is now in prison. **

    Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo writes:

    At the dawn of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick
    Cheney’s 2001 Energy Task Force was the hot social ticket for
    leading luminaries of future GOP scandals.

    Once a closely-held secret, the Washington Post today publishes
    the dance card

    for the task force. Cheney, citing the principle of executive
    confidentiality, took the public’s right not to know all the way
    to the Supreme Court when Congress tried to learn the attendance
    list published today. It comes as no surprise that the list was
    heavy on energy-industry big shots, including Enron’s Kenneth
    Lay, who got a private meeting with Cheney
    on April 17, 2001:

    – – – – – – – –
    One of the first visitors, on Feb. 14, was James J. Rouse,
    then vice president of Exxon Mobil and a major donor to the
    Bush inauguration…

    The list of participants’ names and when they met with
    administration officials provides a clearer picture of the
    task force’s priorities and bolsters previous reports that
    the review leaned heavily on oil and gas companies and on
    trade groups — many of them big contributors to the Bush
    campaign and the Republican Party.
    – – – – – – – –

    And not just them.

    Read the full Must Read here.

    Read the Washington Post article “*Papers Detail Industry’s Role in
    Cheney’s Energy Report*” at:

    SEE THE NAMES and corporate affiliations of the people who were members
    of Cheney’s energy task force, at:


    *the environmentalists & Cheney’s energy task force*
    Posted by: “hapi22” robinsegg
    Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:37 am (PST)
    Cheney claims he met with environmentalists as well as lobbyists and
    CEOs for the oil and gas corp[orations when drafting the Bush
    administration’s energy policy.

    Well, yes and no.

    If you call inviting people in to have tea and cookies AFTER the policy
    has already been set, well, then I guess one could say the
    environmentalists “participated.”

    P.S. I do not believe — by any stretch of the imagination — that
    “executive privilege” is intended to protect secret meetings between the
    President or VP with campaign contributors who want some goodies and
    payback for their contributions.

    **Papers Detail Industry’s Role in Cheney’s Energy Report**

    by Michael Abramowitz and Steven Mufson/
    The Washington Post
    July 18, 2007; Page A01/

    At 10 a.m. on APRIL 4, 2001, representatives of 13 environmental
    groups were brought into the Old Executive Office Building for a
    long-anticipated meeting. Since late January, a task force headed by
    Vice President Cheney had been busy drawing up a new national energy
    policy, and the groups were getting their one chance to be heard.

    Cheney was not there, but so many environmentalists were in the room
    that introductions took up “about half the meeting,” recalled Erich Pica
    of Friends of the Earth. Anna Aurilio of the U.S. Public Interest Group
    said, “It was clear to us that they were just being nice to us.”

    A confidential list prepared by the Bush administration shows that
    Cheney and his aides [beginning on Feb. 14,] HAD ALREADY HELD at
    least 40 meetings with interest groups, most of them from
    ENERGY-PRODUCING industries. By the time of the meeting with
    environmental groups, according to a former White House official who
    provided the list to The Washington Post, the initial draft of the task
    force was substantially COMPLETE and President Bush had been briefed on
    its progress.

    One of the first visitors, on Feb. 14, was James J. Rouse, then vice
    president of Exxon Mobil and a MAJOR DONOR to the Bush inauguration; a
    week later, longtime Bush supporter Kenneth L. Lay, then head of Enron
    Corp., came by for the first of two meetings. On March 5, some of the
    country’s biggest electric utilities, including Duke Energy and
    Constellation Energy Group, had an audience with the task force staff.

    Read this and the rest at:


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