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I had bookmarked these three diaries, they are well worth a read in tioday's politics. Nothing has really changed except we've all become older though many not wiser ...

Iraqi Oil - the $250bn gift to Saudi Arabia and Russia by Jerome a Paris on Dec. 12, 2005

    Whenever one talks of Iraqi oil, conspiracy theories abound as to the real motive of the Iraq war, or the intentions of the Cheney clique viz. Iraqi oil.

    As I have written before, the only theory that vaguely makes some kind of strategic sense is that Bushco wanted to sit on the Iraqi reserves, deny them to everybody else and keep them for the time in the near future when peak oil strikes and it becomes a huge strategic advantage. Not very useful in the short term, but possibly rational in the long run (in a narrow, zero-sum game tunnel vision sense, but hey, that's who they are).

    But in the meantime, some other players, and I am not talking about ExxonMobil or the other majors, are laughing all the way to the bank.

Of Forgeries and Kidnappings by de Gondi on July 20, 2005

    Whatever information on a possible Saddam-Niger uranium pact was dismissed by CIA analysts in 2001. Presumably the CIA had received some forgeries, directly or indirectly from the Italian secret services, SISMi. The rest is public: Cheney wanted a double check on the CIA conclusions. Wilson was dispatched to Niger; General Fulford also went on a fact-finding mission to Niger and, according to some European reports, to the Congo. Both Wilson and Fulford came to the same conclusions: there was no yellowcake traffic to Iraq.

    In September 2002 a sexed-up set of forgeries was offered to Elisabetta Burba, a reporter for Panorama. "Sexed-up" because some of the documents could not have been presented in 2001. They refer to events that occurred in 2002. On advise from her editor, Carlo Rosella, she turned over copies to two employees at the US Rome Embassy. It was Rosella who organized the meeting. It was not known what role these two employees covered.

    Now it gets interesting.

    In an overlooked column in Il Riformista, dated July 23rd, 2003,  the anonymous author declares that Jeff Castelli, the Rome CIA station chief, had just been recalled to Langley by Tenet allegedly because of his misconduct. The article states that according to anonymous intelligence sources, Castelli had not handled the Burba Niger forgeries correctly.

    Apparently Castelli had dismissed the forgeries right off as the same old stuff and had not bothered to forward them to Langley until February 2003.

"The Israel Lobby" -- overview and discussion by DeAnander on May 9, 2005

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

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