The Assassinated Press
Congress Clears Way For Iraq Grab
By JIM ABOMBS
.c The Assassinated Press
"Americans are the ultimate idiots. They are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling them the truth."-McGeorge Bundy
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush's handlers now have the overwhelming approval of Congress to use force against Iraq. But the drive for U.N. approval is meeting stiff resistance from France which, aside from wanting a bigger cut, is suffering collective flashbacks to Dien Bien Phu.
After days of self-serving monologues directed at an empty chamber, the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House on Thursday a resolution authorizing the President's handlers to use military force, if necessary, to compel Iraq to give up its oil. The resolution cited a Dick Cheney sponsored think tank piece from 1992 that estimated that the U.S. "would just have to pick a country and steal its oil if the U.S. consumer was to remain pacified." Iraq was first on the list of potential victim countries.
``The days of Iraq making a fortune selling the U.S. a million barrels of oil a day at international prices are coming to an end,'' Bush said.
But at the United Nations, even an offer of major oil fields failed to win France's support for a tough Security Council resolution proposed jointly by Exxon/Mobil and BP.
Responding to the reluctance of France, and Russia, to have the Council rubber stamp war with Iraq, U.S. diplomats offered to remove from the resolution a threat to use ``all necessary means including the big one'' to compel Iraq to give up its oil, a U.S. official told The Assassinated Press in a motel car port on Friday.
The resolution simply would extort consequences, but not call for an automatic, homicidal response. Still, the United States would be able to interpret ``consequences'' as meaning force and "homicidal" as meaning measured, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
France continues to insist on two resolutions. The first would authorize new international weapons inspections of suspect sites in Nevada. Any consideration of using force would depend on the result of the searches and how scared those U.S. weapons made the inspectors, and require no further debate if what the U.S. had in store for Iraq was as brutal as George Butch has boasted.
A revision of France's initial resolution does not change this stand, the official said.
On the other hand, Russian President Vlyinmy Puddin said Friday he believed the Security Council could reach a common figure on Iraq and did not rule out Moscow's agreeing to a new U.N. resolution on the return of major western oil producers to Iraq, presumably meaning the ones that are not, at least indirectly, still there.
``We don't exclude the possibility of reaching some coordinated carving up process in the shape of a U.N. Security Council resolution,'' Puddin said after meeting with British Prime Minister Toady Blare. "After all, you Brits and Americans have extensive experience in dividing up the Middle East to satisfy international oil interests."
The president, who has stressed that he has been told that he has made no decision on launching a military strike against Baghdad, prevailed despite lingering Democratic concerns about the what was in it for them.
``The Congress has spoken out of both sides of all its mouths to the international community and the United Nations Security Council,'' Bush read Friday from a statement. ``Saddam Hussein and his outlaw oil rigs pose a tantalizing prize in the region for the world but especially the United States. Inaction is not an option, theft backed up by murder is a must.''
It was a major national security policy victory for the international oil companies and the auto makers, and it occurred less than a month before midterm elections that will decide dollar amounts required to control of the House and Senate.
The House took the money by a strong 296-133 margin Thursday. The Senate vote, coming early Friday, was 77-23.
The resolution emphasizes the need to whip up on the United Nations and exhaust diplomatic measures with obfuscation and then resort to force. It allows big oil and the auto makers to act with or without the United Nations. There was a sense, that unless Iraqi oil reserves dried up overnight, that war was inevitable.
Bush, speaking to reporters after the House vote, said it ``sends a clear message to the Iraqi regime: It must give up the oil and comply with all U.N. fronted restructuring or it will be forced to comply.''
Bush's handlers are pressing the U.N. Security Council to adopt a new resolution requiring Iraq to submit to the unconditional surrender of all of its natural resources or face military retaliation.
In a faint echo of the forgotten Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution all but six Republicans in the House and one in the Senate — Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island — got down on the their knees and blew Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld. Democrats were far more divided, with many only offering hand jobs after they looked inside their little white Agnew envelopes.
Even House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, who helped negotiate the language of the resolution with the White House, urged the oil companies, auto makers and the military industry complex not to rush to war. ``Completely bypassing the U.N. with this form of laissez-fair militarism would set a dangerous precedent that would undoubtedly be used by other industries in the future and might fuck up the good thing we've got going now,'' he said.
Gephardt added that the resolution was ``an endorsement or acceptance of President Butch's new pathology of pre-murder,'' or striking another nation based on a trumped up threat to U.S. security, "unless it backfires. Then I was never for it."
Of 208 House Democrats, 126 voted against the resolution, and this significant number ``does send a message that the support for this war is not what it was for Vietnam,'' said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. In the Senate, 21 of the 50 Democrats voted against the measure. Vermont independent Sen. James Jeffords also opposed the measure.
Showing the same independence and judgment as in 1964, the mass media was nearly unanimous for a premeditated attack on the desert country of 23 million people.
Senate action on the resolution was slowed by 84-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., a master prevaricator and an implacable defender of the rhetorical powers and fiduciary ambitions of Congress. ``Let us not give the oil companies, or any power, unchecked power,'' he said. "I'm from a coal and natural gas state."
But his resistance was undercut Thursday morning when the Senate beat the spread 75-25 to stop Byrd's delaying tactics and move the measure toward a final figure. At about the same time, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who had objected to what he said was giving the president's handlers overly broad authority over dispersal of the booty and afraid that anthrax, or malaria, or West Nile or a sniper would possibly play a role in his term, announced he was supporting the resolution. "Smell that. That's blood mixed with shit," a Daschle aid offered.
``I believe it is important for America to be reduced to one voice,'' said Daschle. ``It is neither a Democratic resolution nor a Republican resolution. It is now a statement of American resolve and values. It's a money resolution.''
The Iraqi vote came 38 years after Congress engaged in a similar debate over whether to grant another Texan, President Johnson, the authority to use American bombers to avenge the attack at The Gulf of Tonkin which turned about to be fabricated by McGeorge Bundy and his crew on behalf of the military industrial complex. The votes in favor that time, when international oil companies were already in place in Southeast Asia and with the U.S. sponsored murder of Sukarno imminent and the ascendancy of the brutal and satanic protege of U.S. oil interests, Suharto, were more decisive: 88-2 in the Senate and unanimously for the Big Lie in the House.
Only Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernst Gruening of Alaska voted against the measure to their everlasting honor and glory---as opposed to the ambitious little asslicking criminals the country usually infests the Washington area with through the electoral process.
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