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Rep. Jim McDermott: Why? Oil

Representative Confronts American Empire on House Floor
source: AlterNet


Rep. Jim McDermott, (D-WA)
Addressing the House of Representatives
on Wednesday May 23, 2007

Mr. Speaker:

This president and vice president have vowed to repeat the mistakes of history, and they have put into motion a plan to do just that in Iran, even as the House is about to send the president a box of blank checks for Iraq, against the will of the American people.

The history is worth knowing.

In 1953, the United States and United Kingdom launched Operation Ajax, a covert CIA operation to destabilize and remove the democratically elected government of Iran, including then Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.

Why? Oil.

Under Mossadegh, the Iranian government decided to reclaim Iran's rightful ownership of its national oil treasure, which had been exclusively controlled by the British who were taking 85 percent of the profits.

Oh, and by the way, the U.K. also kept the books secret, merely telling Iran what its 15 percent take was.

As soon as Mossadegh began to reclaim Iran's oil treasure, it was all over. Operation Ajax was set into motion.

The U.S. embassy in Tehran provoked phony internal Iranian dissent, while the Brits engineered an Iranian financial crisis by orchestrating a global boycott of Iranian oil. We brought down the Iranian government and installed the Shah.

For two decades, we propped up the Shah against the will of the Iranian people. It was all about controlling Iran. It still is. Today, ABC News is reporting exclusively that this president has authorized a new covert CIA plot to bring down the Iranian government.

I ask unanimous consent to enter into the record the journalism produced by chief investigative reporter Brian Ross and Richard Esposito of ABC News.

This is their lead sentence in the story.

"The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com."

We're back in 1953, and that worked out so well.

Of course, the vice president wanted to invade Iran, so we can be sure he will spin new tales of fear in coming days to keep his preferred option, invasion, very much alive.

The president knows only one way -- my way or the highway.

His vice president knows only one way -- invade and seize control of what you want -- and he wants the oil treasure of Iraq and Iran to become wholly owned subsidiaries of the western oil companies he so favors.

With Iraq in civil war, the president has authorized a secret plan to repeat the doomed mistakes of history in Iran.

How many billions of reconstruction money for Iraq will be siphoned off for the deconstruction of Iran?

The American people are virtually shouting at us to pay attention and get our soldiers out of Iraq, now.

Vast sums of U.S. taxpayer money are flowing into Iraq and billions of U.S. dollars are missing.

The special inspector for Iraq reconstruction told a San Antonio newspaper last week that corruption in Iraq is endemic and debilitating.

But, Prime Minister al-Maliki has granted ministers and former ministers immunity from prosecution by Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity.

And, in turn, the ministers can shield their own employees from prosecution.

And, a government that has been told by this president and vice president to pass an oil law that transfers control -- and profits -- to Western oil companies, just like the good old days in Iran.

Overthrowing Iran in 1953 was all about oil. Invading Iraq was all about oil. And the new secret plot against Iran is all about oil.

Oil is the only benchmark this president and vice president want, and they will keep American soldiers fighting and dying until an oil law is passed in Iraq that gives Western oil companies control of the spigot.

It is time to unmask the latest doomed plot to overthrow Iran and past time to get out soldiers out of Iraq.

Nothing less than protecting our troops is acceptable.

Thank you.

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Comments (3)

Peter F.:

Citing ANYTHING from my 7th District Congressman Asswipe should seriously have you considering therapy.

civil behavior:

One of the reasons Jim McDermott has lasted so long in political office and been reelected time and again is that he has the support of a large contigent of very intelligent, progressive thinkers on the banks of the Puget Sound who recognize truth for its crystalline clarity, a beacon in the darkness if you will.

An obvious exception is Peter F. who by his obvious denial of Congressman McDermott's more salient points as to our continuing occupation of Iraq would seem to fit in better in let's
say Crawford TX not Puget Sound.

As a former long term daily visitor by ferry to the 7th district trust me when I say Peter is out of his element and very possibly out of his mind. Peter, Crawford beckons, why not answer the call.

McDermott has always been an advocate for truth. Some simply don't want to hear it.

In 1988, when the 7th District Congressional seat became open, he returned from Africa to run for the seat. In 2006, he was elected to the 110th Congress winning slightly less than eighty percent of the vote, easily winning against challenger Steve Beren. - Wikipedia

Guess that makes Peter F. one of the 20 percent who are still victims of Bush and Cheney's campaign of fear. Come on, Peter, don't be the last American standing to recognize the truth. It's way past time to grow up ad figure this out. 20 percent is embarrassing enough - it's time to go blue.

More from McDermott:

INTERVIEWER: What is the fear factory? What happened with the administration? How did they use fear after 9/11?

REP. JIM MCDERMOTT: The American people were stunned and really frightened by 9/11. We hadn't had this kind of thing for 185 years in this country, since the British invaded the Capitol in 1812. And we had always had this feeling of invulnerability -- that somehow we are floating above it, and nothing can happen to us. And that particular incident was a real shock to everybody in the country to varying degrees.

Now the administration then realized that they had some plans that they wanted to get done, one of which was to take us to war. And the only way you can make people go to war is to make them feel that there's someone to be afraid of, that we have to go out there and get. And they very skillfully, over the last year -- almost two years now -- have played the themes of fear on almost a continuous basis. And they have raised the level, and then they drop it. And they raise it again, and then they drop it. And you get the experience, whether you're at the airport, or whether you're listening to the radio, or the speeches that people make.

So we've had everything from going out and getting a smallpox shot to the orange and red and yellow, and all these codes that nobody knows what they mean. You've sent people out to buy plastic and duct tape. We have just run the American people. Periodically, when the people sort of get settled down, the administration stirs them up again, always talking about the war on terror, the war on terror, the war on terror. And then they begin to use things to get us -- I mean, they were having difficulty in convincing us we ought to go to war in Iraq, so they had to ratchet it up. And they began to say things that were beyond the truth, or beyond what they really knew, in terms of aluminum tubes and weapons of mass destruction, and buying uranium in Niger.

And all these things were all exaggerations to play on people's fears, because the worst thing that you can think of -- or well, they thought they could think of -- was to have al-Qaeda terrorists running around with nuclear weapons and dirty bombs, coming into our ports, or being somehow out there where we can't find them and don't know where they are. And they just created an atmosphere of continual fear.

My guess is Peter F. still hasn't overcome his fear long enough to recognize the truth.


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