October 3rd, 2004
The New York Times does itself proud with a 15 page clear, and articulate piece of reporting examining the “aluminum tubes for uranium centrifuges” issue, which David Kay referred to as
“the only piece of physical evidence about the Iraqi weapons programs that they (we) had.”
Turns out it was rocket science
. (via les
May 30th, 2004
This post is for everyone who was part of the “peak oil” conversation at CATS last weekend.
A page from 1997 predicting the year of occupation of Iraq based on peak oil calculations. (via random($foo))
… After the Cold War was over, low oil prices made it difficult for the Saudis — and oilman President George Bush’s [Sr.] friends — to make ends meet because OPEC members were cheating on quotas.
The obvious solution to OPEC cheating was to sequester an entire country: Iraq. In order for our scheme to work, Saddam would have to remain in power and the UN would have to embargo his oil. That’s exactly what we did.
We only need to keep Saddam in power for a few years — till the rest of the world’s oil production “peaks” … It seems reasonable to assume that global production will soon be unable to keep up with surging worldwide demand, and that global oil production must peak by the year 2005.
Once global oil peaks, and we NEED to start pumping Saddam’s oil, I expect Americans to invade and OCCUPY Iraq … Obviously, once oil production peaks in a couple of years, the public will throw their total support behind an invasion of Iraq. There is simply no other way we can guarantee access to the oil patch.
We seem to have slightly accelerated the time line, but it was probably too much to imagine we’d have another oil baron back in the White House so soon.
May 11th, 2004
Charlie Stross on the oddly short sighted psychoses of our current administration
I have an itchy feeling that it’s no coincidence that Bush is the first US President to be an MBA, and that this stuff is happening on his watch. Moreover, their attitude to dissent can be explained by the hypothesis that they’re trying to run the USA like a corporation rather than a country.