For years, US oil interests
have been trying to build a pipeline across Afghanistan to access the oil and
gas around the Caspian Sea; efforts that have continued past the 9-11 attacks.
http://www.wluml.org/english/new-archives/9.11 World Trade Center
Enron was a key player in this
game. Way back in 1996, Enron had cut a deal with the president of Uzbekistan
for joint development of the nation's natural gas fields.
Source: Houston Chronicle Date:
TUE 06/25/96 Section: Business Page: 4 Edition: 3 STAR (sorry, no link)
Enron had also done the
feasibility study for the pipeline.
For a time, the Taliban
appeared to be a potential partner. They had even visited Sugarland, Texas to
talk things over.
Unfortunately, the talks broke
down, and by late last summer, the US Government was threatening to commence
war against Afghanistan (an attack which would have violated every precept of
At least twice, Bush conveyed
the message to the Taliban that the United States would hold the regime
responsible for an al Qaeda attack. But after concluding that bin Laden's
group had carried out the October 2000 attack on the USs Cole, a conclusion
stated without hedge in a Feb. 9 briefing for Vice President Cheney, the new
administration did not choose to order armed forces into action.
Simultaneous with making, but
not following through on these threats, Bush took a number of actions to make
the US decidedly more vulnerable to a terrorist attack. He ordered the Naval
strike force, which Clinton placed in the Indian Ocean on 24 hour alert so he
could hit Osama as soon as he had solid intelligence, to stand down. Bush
threatened to veto the Defense Appropriations Bill after Democrats tried to
move $600 million out of Star Wars and into anti-terror defense. Bush opposed
Clinton's anti-money-laundering efforts, which were designed to stop al
Qaeda's money. Bush abandoned Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, or
as the two star general Donald Kerrick told the Washington Post, reflecting on
his service to both President Clinton and President Bush: Clinton's advisors
met nearly weekly on how to stop bin Laden and al Qaeda. "I didn't detect
that kind of focus" from the Bush Administration.
I don't have to tell you what happened next.
The Cover Up
Dick Cheney is openly breaking
the law by defying GAO requests to turn over his records of meetings with
At the same time that Cheney
has refused to turn over his records, Enron and its accountants have shredded
millions of pages of documents.
The Bush's themselves may have
destroyed evidence. When the Justice Department instructed the Bush
administration to preserve any documents related to Enron Corporation, a
senior administration official said that until now, "the White House had
not been making any formal effort to preserve or catalogue information about
While all of this law breaking,
stalling, and destruction of evidence has gone on, Bush has asked Daschle to
limit Congressional probes into Sept. 11.
Note that the supposedly
"liberal press" has so far failed to put all of these pieces
together. They are too busy giving Bernard Goldberg and Bill O'Reilly the
airtime to sell a canard called "Bias."
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