Sunday, November 26, 2006

WHY CAN'T THEY JUST COME OUT AND SAY IT?

And by "they" and "it" I mean, respectively, the neocon corporatists and the fact that they don't want Russia to trade oil in rubles. Just like they didn't like the fact that Iraq traded oil in euros (consequently invaded), and they don't want Iran to trade oil in euros (much talk of bombing or invasion).

This whole spy-poisoning story is debunked pretty well by Raimondo at Antiwar.com, and I want to quote him here, as he cites all the reasons (except the one above) why the "powers that be" want to mix it up with Russia:

"The attempt to portray the Russians as mad poisoners intent on assassinating their political opponents no matter where they try to find refuge is a powerful propagandistic theme that, although unsupported by any facts, winds its way through the media narrative on the wings of pure supposition. These people don't care about facts: it's all speculation, unsupported by evidence that passes the most perfunctory smell test...

Here is yet another link in the long chain of manufactured incidents meant to provoke a confrontation with Russia. An aggressive propaganda campaign aimed at the Russians has been in high gear for quite some time, and it appears to be reaching a crescendo with this Litvinenko nonsense...

U.S. intervention in Russia's internal affairs is deeply resented by most Russians, i.e., those not on the American payroll, but this matters little to the Russia-haters in our midst. Their message is not directed at the Russian people, who support Putin and his policies overwhelmingly: it is aimed at Western elites, who can be prodded into taking a harder line against those resurgent Russkies, flush with oil money and failing to toe the American line when it comes to Iran and Syria."


Achilles Heel of the U.S.


Our dependence on the dollar as the reserve currency of the world because the dollar is the international standard for oil purchases is our Achilles heel. All oil-producing countries--i.e., Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Russia, etc.--have to do is set up their own oil bourses and exchange their precious natural resources for their own (or a non-U.S.) currency, and suddenly the U.S. is in a world of hurt--just look at the news today--"US fears spark dollar sell-off":

"The dollar suffered a steep sell-off this week amid expectations of a further slowdown in the US economy.

The greenback fell most sharply against the euro as the prospect of rising European interest rates contrasted with forecasts of easing US monetary policy...

'The current euro rally/dollar sell-off . . . is unlikely to end in the short term as the fundamentals and market flows are increasingly stacked up against the US currency,' said Ashraf Laidi, analyst at CMC Markets US."


The corporatists and the neocons would say that the answer to this problem is to "Bomb Iran" and to bring "peace and stability" (read as "death and domination") to the Middle East.

And speaking of oil and dollars, this AP story was a real shocker--"AP Analysis: Firms Crimping Oil Supplies." But the headline chosen by my local paper for the same story is, in my view, more accurate: "Study: Oil companies drive up gas prices."

And this is how they manipulate prices:

"Whatever the truth in Bakersfield, an Associated Press analysis suggests that big oil companies have been crimping supplies in subtler ways across the country for years. And tighter supplies tend to drive up prices.

The analysis, based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, indicates that the industry slacked off supplying oil and gasoline during the prolonged price boom between early 1999 and last summer, when prices began to fall."

They close down refineries or don't build new ones under the pretense that "market pressures" and "business judgments" are causing them to do so. Whether or not the companies' intentions are to manipulate prices (and you'd have to be a fool to believe otherwise), the effect is, as the story says, that "tighter supplies tend to drive up prices."

Oh, and another neat by-product of closing down refineries or only using existing ones no matter the volume of demand--when the huge profits from the supply "crimp" come rolling in, they're not reduced by having to pay for facilities that might allow the supply to increase to meet the demand and thereby reduce monstrous profits.

Good night and good show, jolly good show!

2 comments:

Alfred T. said...

While I agree that America is highly overprotective of its Oil assets and the usage of the American dollar to finance the world's oil trade, I dont think the encroaching authoritarian of Vladimir Putin's politics cannot be brushed off as "conspiracy theories" easily.

The article you linked to from antiwar.com is heavily biased and fails to mention the downfall of Russian democracy and the resurgence of facist/communist ideals in Russia.

During his tenure as the head of state of Russia, Putin has done some large and small controversial changes. He seems to have brought about a resurgence of nationalism with small yet very crucial changes to the Russian mindset. For example, the russian national anthem, revised from the old soviet national anthem was scrapped. The soviet anthem is now Russia's current national anthem. No pun intended, but this sets the tone of his administration.

Putin, being an exKGB leader, knows quite a bit about the Russian Public's mindset and thus can exploit their fears easily. Much like your very own GWB. He has tightened the state's control over "rogue" states that have broken off from USSR after its collapse. The recent socio/politial/military overtures to Georgia, Ukraine, Chechnya and other former satellite states.

Also, Putin has silenced EVERY SINGLE CRITIC of his administration. The poeple in Business, Media or just activism happen to simply disappear, or die mysterious random crime related deaths. The irony of this is that crime in Russia during Yeltsin's era was reaching pandemic proportions. Putin actually systematically attacked/eliminated or subsidized the organized criminal syndicates in Russia. Except for some reason, political opponents and dissenters have been dying of random (violent) crimes. *wink wink*

Putin's government is also known for heavy handed measures which indicate a complete lack of respect for life. I.e. Beslan, The Operahouse Fiasco

The recent spate of poisonings are not linked to Litvinenko in london alone. The presidential candidate from the Ukraine who opposed Russia and criticized Putin was also poisoned.

Also Raimondo claims that the poison is Thallium. It is not Thallium it is Polinium. Polonium 210, which emits alpha waves; which are not strong enough to pass through a piece of paper.

However, Polonium 210, which does not occur naturally on earth in any significant amount, MUST be manufactured using a highly advanced series of nuclear reactors with scientists/technicians who have sufficient skills to extract the element. Needless to say, only a few wealthy and advanced countries in the world could have produced this (basically just the superpowers.) and transported/used it to poison someone. It is not simply do-able by chechen terrorists or some shadowy organization whose goal is to make Putin look bad.

I am not saying that boris boroz. and litvenko were good people, they may have been corrupt also. My point is that though it is easy to dismiss this crazy poisoning/spy shenanigans as conjecture and conspiracy, it is NOT easy to dismiss the ressurection of Soviet Style government in Russia. And what do the Soviets do? They poison dissidents.

Ironic that the Americans who have long tried to control/defeat the USSR are now allying and supporting the new fledging regime in Russia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Berezovsky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polonium

Alfred T. said...

Sorry about bad spelling/grammer. Ear infection today making it hard to form rational thought process. I think I got my idea across.