Dick Cheney's Oily Dream

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is currently saying that Dick Cheney's vision of policy towards the Middle East after 9/11 was to re-draw the map:

Dick Cheney's vision of completely redrawing the map of the Middle
East following the 9/11 attacks is "not stupid," and is "possible over
time," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says.


In his new book, A Journey, the former Labour Party leader wrote that Cheney wanted a wholesale reorganization of the political map of the Middle East after 9/11. The vice president "would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it -- Hezbollah, Hamas, etc," Blair wrote.

What does this mean?

as I have repeatedly pointed out, the "war on terror" in the Middle
East has nothing to do with combating terror, and everything to do with
remaking that region's geopolitical situation to America's advantage.

For example, as I noted in January::

right after 9/11 -- at the latest -- the goal has always been to
create "regime change" and instability in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya,
Sudan, Somalia and Lebanon; the goal was never really to destroy Al
Qaeda. As American reporter Gareth Porter writes in Asia Times:

weeks after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, former US defense
secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective
of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but
overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other
countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted
extensively in then-under secretary of defense for policy Douglas
Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions. Feith's
account further indicates that this aggressive aim of remaking the map
of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was
supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.

Feith's book, War and Decision, released last month, provides excerpts of the paper Rumsfeld sent to President George W Bush on September 30, 2001, calling
for the administration to focus not on taking down Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaeda network but on the aim of establishing "new regimes" in a
series of states


Wesley Clark, who commanded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
bombing campaign in the Kosovo war, recalls in his 2003 book Winning Modern Wars
being told by a friend in the Pentagon in November 2001 that the list
of states that Rumsfeld and deputy secretary of defense Paul
Wolfowitz wanted to take down included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan
and Somalia [and Lebanon].


this writer asked Feith . . . which of the six regimes on the Clark
list were included in the Rumsfeld paper, he replied, "All of them."


Defense Department guidance document made it clear that US military
aims in regard to those states would go well beyond any ties to
terrorism. The document said the Defense Department would also seek to
isolate and weaken those states and to "disrupt, damage or destroy"
their military capacities - not necessarily limited to weapons of mass
destruction (WMD)...

Rumsfeld's paper was
given to the White House only two weeks after Bush had approved a US
military operation in Afghanistan directed against bin Laden and the
Taliban regime. Despite that decision, Rumsfeld's proposal called
explicitly for postponing indefinitely US airstrikes and the use of
ground forces in support of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in order
to try to catch bin Laden.

Instead, the
Rumsfeld paper argued that the US should target states that had
supported anti-Israel forces such as Hezbollah and Hamas.


the bombing of two US embassies in East Africa [in 1998] by al-Qaeda
operatives, State Department counter-terrorism official Michael
Sheehan proposed supporting the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in
Afghanistan against bin Laden's sponsor, the Taliban regime. However,
senior US military leaders "refused to consider it", according to a
2004 account by Richard H Shultz, Junior, a military specialist at
Tufts University.

A senior officer on the Joint Staff told State Department counter-terrorism director Sheehan he had heard terrorist strikes characterized more than once by colleagues as a "small price to pay for being a superpower".

No wonder former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Senate that the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative".

can Cheney's desires can't be equated to U.S. foreign policy as a
whole? Well, the number two man at the State Department, Lawrence
Wilkerson, said:

The vice president and the secretary of defense created a "Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal" that hijacked U.S. foreign policy.

And Cheney was the guy who set up the secret shop
at the Pentagon to bypass the intelligence agencies and push fake
"intelligence" showing that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

And as I wrote in 2009:

5 hours after the 9/11 attacks, Donald Rumsfeld said "my interest is to hit Saddam".


He also said "Go massive . . . Sweep it all up. Things related and not."


at 2:40 p.m. on September 11th, in a memorandum of discussions between
top administration officials, several lines below the statement "judge
whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [that is, Saddam Hussein] at same
time", is the statement "Hard to get a good case."
In other words, top officials knew that there wasn't a good case that
Hussein was behind 9/11, but they wanted to use the 9/11 attacks as an
excuse to justify war with Iraq anyway.


Moreover, "Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President
Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S.
intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of
Saddam Hussein to the [9/11] attacks and that there was scant credible
evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda"

And a Defense Intelligence Terrorism Summary issued in February 2002 by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency cast significant doubt on the possibility of a Saddam Hussein-al-Qaeda conspiracy.


And yet Bush, Cheney and other top administration officials claimed repeatedly for years that Saddam was behind 9/11. See this analysis. Indeed, Bush administration officials apparently swore in a lawsuit that Saddam was behind 9/11.

Moreover, President Bush's March 18, 2003 letter to Congress authorizing the use of force against Iraq, includes the following paragraph:

acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is
consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take
the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist
organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who
planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that
occurred on September 11, 2001

Therefore, the Bush
administration expressly justified the Iraq war to Congress by
representing that Iraq planned, authorized, committed, or aided the 9/11
attacks. See this.

Indeed, the torture program which Cheney created was specifically aimed at producing false confessions in an attempt to link Iraq and 9/11.

it should be clear to any honest, thinking person that Cheney and the
U.S. used 9/11 as a pretext to redraw the map of the Middle East.

Cheney's Oily Dream

But that doesn't mean the Cheney's goals had any impact on 9/11, right?

Well, it is surely just a coincidence that the Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11. See this and this.

And that top British officials, former CIA director George Tenet, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and many others say that the Iraq war was planned before 9/11.

Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, a high-level National Security Council officer and others say that the Iraq war was really about oil. They must be conspiracy theorists.

And it is surely meaningless that Cheney made Iraqi's oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. As I pointed out in 2008:

You may have heard that the Energy Task Force chaired by Dick Cheney prior to 9/11 collected maps of Iraqi oil, Saudi and United Arab Emerates fields and potential suitors for that oil. And you might have heard that the oil bigs attended the Task Force meetings.

But you probably haven't heard that - according to the New Yorker - a secret document written by the National Security Council (NSC) on February 3, 2001 directed NSC
staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered
the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

"The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.

is difficult to brush off Cheney's Energy Task Force's examination of
arab oil maps as a harmless comparison of American energy policy with
known oil reserves because the NSC explicitly linked the Task Force, oil, and regime change.

But don't believe me...

above-linked New Yorker article quotes a former senior director for
Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs at the NSC said:

this little group was discussing geostrategic plans for oil, it puts
the issue of war in the context of the captains of the oil industry
sitting down with Cheney and laying grand, global plans.

See also this essay.

As I wrote last year:

CIA director Leon Panetta told the New Yorker:

When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.

News commentator Ed Schultz said today that Cheney is wishing for a terrorist attack on the U.S.

What should we make of all this?

Well, everyone knows that Cheney is ruthless:

Cheney is also the guy who:



A well-known writer said of Dick Cheney:

For his entire career, he sought untrammeled power. The Bush presidency and 9/11 finally gave it to him . . . .


also knew 9/11 was going to happen. The government knew that
terrorists could use planes as weapons -- and had even run its own
drills of planes being used as weapons against the World Trade Center
and other U.S. high-profile buildings, using REAL airplanes -- all
before 9/11. Indeed, the government heard the 9/11 plans from the
hijackers' own mouths before 9/11.

Indeed, Cheney was in charge of all counter-terrorism exercises, activities and responses on 9/11 (see this Department of State announcement; this CNN article; and this essay).



The Secretary of Transportation testified to the 9/11 Commission:

the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a
young man who would come in and say to the Vice President … the plane is
50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the
plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president “do
the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his
neck around and said “Of course the orders still stand, have you heard
anything to the contrary!?"

(this testimony is confirmed here and here).

it be that Cheney got so lost in his dreams of redrawing the map of the
Middle East (and grabbing some oil along the way) that he - as the guy
in charge of all counter-terrorism efforts for the United States on 9/11
- spaced out and forgot to engage America's standard air defenses?

I don't know ... But - unfortunately - Cheney's oily dream has turned into a nightmare for America. See this, this and this.

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The Geo Wash capability of whipping a few facts into a froth of fiction is on display again.  Great Job, Geo.  Great Job.

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  • ATTILA THE WIMP's picture

    The blueprint for all this current mass butchery and global looting has existed since 1904.

    It's called the Heartland Theory


    911 was an inside job to get the boob tube zombies marching along.

    RockyRacoon's picture

    Hence "homeland security".  I cringed when I heard that term being used.  It is so.... so.... Germany 1930ish.

    DaveyJones's picture

    they and many others truly believe there is a direct link between oil and "homeland security." They just don't think we are mature enough to hear the direct message, so they package it this way justifying that the end result is still the same, still good for us. As Trav (and others) energetically pointed out in the monster run on peak oil however, nothing is going to prevent us falling off that cliff anyway, so in the end, this particular strategy was ignorant, wastefull, and non-productive (in addition to being murerous, unpopular and unconstitutional). Insult to injury     

    goldfish1's picture

    Notice how in the WP article linked in the last paragraph "The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond"...

    in their typically smary manner, they attempt to legitimize the war in afghanistan, as though there is a difference between the two. Clearly, the point of the article was, "we should have spent the money in Afghanistan."

    bugs_'s picture

    "The more certain I am that I’m right, the greater the probability I’m wrong."

    Shylockracy's picture

    Both Afghanistan and Irak were wars fought at the behest and in behalf of Israel.

    The whole plan had already been publicly laid out in a 1982 article by Oded Yinon, and was taken up by Israeli agents Feith, Richard Perle, Wurmsers, Kagans and others, and converted into US policy. This risky strategy put in jeopardy the delicate post-WW balance of power achieved by the US with the oil producing countries. Nothing could be more detrimental to corporate US interests and the stability of the Dollar as reserve currency than upsetting that balance. This was clear in 2002 when the critical voices of the Oil Majors were drowned into a sea of war hysteria by the jewish-controlled US media.

    There's nothing like a true crisis though, to expose the matrix of control and lies that the Zionist media use to manipulate to US public into committing war atrocities abroad, and economic seppuku at home.

    In the video below, for example, Paul Begala calls out the warmongering lies told by agent Ari Fleisher (Likud, Bersheva). This is an unusual glitch in the media matrix, but such events will become more and more frequent as the US elites start to re-position for the coming leadership crisis.



    also of interest:


    A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties

    by Oded Yinon (with a foreword by, and translated by Israel Shahak)




    The Prophecy of Oded Yinon: Is the US Waging Israel's Wars?





    RingToneDeaf's picture

    Ah, the delusions of men in power.

    Their schemes and competing ideas to problems real and imagined.

    But what about the fantacies of writers, fictional and perverse.

    I smell something rotten and do not trust either the politicians who do anything to get into power and the writers, who having accomplished nothing, critique the world power holders.

    breezer1's picture

    yes, we should not write or read. that will surely stop the corruption.

    great work george.

    Mitchman's picture

    A war for oil in Iraq makes sense, but not in Af/Pak. 

    umop episdn's picture

    That war was about controlling the world's opium supply, which the Taliban had tried to eliminate. Also, there is now an oil pipeline thru Afganistan that goes to India that the Taliban had also decided against. There is more, of course...

    SamuelMaverick's picture

    When did Zero Hedge become a move on.org / Huffington Post / Left wing kook mouthpiece ?? I come here for financial /economic truth unfiltered by the MSM lefty propoganda.  GW why dont you take this crap elsewhere.

    RockyRacoon's picture

    It's all of a piece.  Chaos is not confined to financial markets alone.  The drivers of the suicide bus run over a lot of fruit stands on the way to crashing into the demon du jour.  Understanding "financial/economic truth" involves a comprehension of the forces behind the curtain.

    Chartist's picture

    One thing I know for sure is, somone profited immensely in the stock market from the 9/11 attack.....I scoured several stocks in the days preceding the attack and noticed huge blocks of put options being purchased....I still can't believe to this day that the profiteers haven't been identified. 

    Cognitive Dissonance's picture

    I still can't believe to this day that the profiteers haven't been identified.

    Once you fully accept that they haven't been identified and that there are reasons for this beyond the obvious explanation of criminals and politicians covering for each other, then you will begin to look deeper with a far greater open mind.

    No one wants to discover that their Daddy is a child molester or their leaders and enablers are mass murderers and sociopaths. Those words are just words until their actions are revealed. Then they become real.

    RemiG2010's picture

    They haven't been identified, because everyone was profiteering from that event till this day  except the public and your pension fund. I well remember discussions on tv as well  weekly standard in 2002/2003 by PNAC members like Bill Kristol, and other neocons about future demographic changes, middle class wipe out and how they should position themselves for Greenspan's 'Age of Turbulence' ! Btw. Look how DoD budget ballooned from 500 Billion in fy2000 to almost 1 Trillion in fy2009/10 though Soviet Union had collapsed ten years before 9/11! And everyone has forgotten that there was missing almost 2 Trillion before DoD audit in September 2001!

    To sum up. The World is a Business Mr. Beale! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature .....


    Insider Trading and Other Foreknowledge - middle of the page



     The Shock Doctrine (2009)


    anony's picture

    And between the lines, there is Israel. Lurking.

    Wolfowitz, Soros, giving Cheney his orders.

    Vendetta's picture

    the terrible irony of cheney and the compliant MIC brass is they have likely ruined the very nation they were sworn to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic.

    anony's picture

    Israel is not ruined. It's ascendant. Unfortunately, for the United States citizens.

    umop episdn's picture

    I can't find anything useful on that site. It's too weird. I like http://www.ae911truth.org/ much much better.

    RemiG2010's picture

    Whatever you say about Dubaya administration I really miss one person especially, for his 'intellectual journeys'! And I really mean it! He was one of a kind son of a .....!



    These are my favorite quotes:

    Rumsfeld: Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones. 
    And so people who have the omniscience that they can say with high certainty that something has not happened or is not being tried, have capabilities that are -- what was the word you used, Pam, earlier?





     Now what is the message there? The message is that there are no "knowns." There are thing we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that's basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.









    Moonrajah's picture

    The question that stands is - was 911 an inside job as the truthers claim or was it just a timely coincidence that that dick of Cheney was just happy not to do anything consciously about until people started losing their lives.

    Azannoth's picture

    A coincidence with a chance of 1 in 10^24 considering all event on that day

    Howard_Beale's picture

    Nice post, GW. Cheney is the scum of the earth, nothing new there. But a nice consice piece that shows his true colors. I wish him all the worst--and the minions that followed his orders. We need more whistleblowers.

    RockyRacoon's picture

    We need more whistleblowers.

    I wonder how many have never seen the light of exposure, Howard?  It is a scary, yes delusional thought.  Perhaps more assassins would be a better plan? 

    The most interesting aspect of all the Cheney business is his daughter.  She should not be discounted.  The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.

    11b40's picture

    Let's go back to the 70's w/Mr. Cheney.

    He was a big proponent of "privatizing" the military way back then.  In essence, building a mercenary military.  The big lesson of Viet Nam for the masters of war and power was that conscript armies were too difficult to manage and control.  The citizens were becoming too informed and unwilling to die for illegitimate causes.  Now, recall who the biggest beneficiaries of "privatization" were.  How about Haliburton and it's subsidiary, Kellog, Brown,& Root?  Of course, Haliburton wins twice in the Middle East, being an Oil Services company, too.  When Bill Clinton beat Bush the Elder in 1992, the Neocon plans were disrupted & where did Cheney go?  His old friends at Haliburton  wasted not a moment in crowning him CEO - where he quickly made $10's of milions.

    Then, when it was time to push Bush the Lesser for President, Mr. Cheney, as veter-in-chief, quietly searches the country for the best possible candidate for VP.  And the winner is?  Why, surprise, surprise - it's Dick Cheney!

    The damage this one man has caused to our country is impossible to measure, but it is immense and hardly understood by the vast majority of citizens.  One day, maybe, the history books will reveal the seeds of our destruction.  If so, there will be a whole section devoted to the behind-the-scenes manipulations of this man spanning more than 30 years.

    palmereldritch's picture

    That context is important.  What's past proves to be prologue.

    With Cheney the farther you delve the more interesting it gets.

    He and Rummy were quite the tag team starting their ascent in the WH with Nixon with Bush Senior as Chairman of the GOP with an office in the building at the time leading up to Nixon's coup by Watergate.

    The pay-off: senior positions and Chief of Staff under Ford as Bush 41 goes into decline as he is tainted with the Nixon scandal.

    Interesting side notes on Cheney, he attended Yale but returned to Wyoming after flunking out in the first year.


    Had he graduated he surely would have been tapped as Skull and Bones as the Cheney family name is one of the top 15 families with 10 members in the period from 1835-1885.


    Perhaps he just tries harder to show the Brotherhood of Death what a missed talent for destruction he really was...recall Bush 41 and 43 are also S+B members.

    Interesting timeline here:



    The Nixon Administration and Watergate

    Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Ford Neoconservatives

    Noteworthy excerpts:

    Nixon held Rumsfeld in grudging admiration, referring to him as a “ruthless little b_stard,” but had sent him to Europe and NATO headquarters because he did not like Rumsfeld’s obvious ambition.

    Re: Bush Senior being considered a VP candidate by Ford -

    White House sources tell the magazine, “there was potential embarrassment in reports that the Nixon White House had funneled about $100,000 from a secret fund known as the ‘Townhouse Operation’” into Bush’s losing Texas Senate campaign, which itself failed to report about $40,000 of the money. The news rocks Bush, who is waiting for Ford’s phone call while vacationing at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. (It is unclear who leaked the Bush information or why. Bush always believes it was Ford’s political adviser Melvin Laird; future Ford biographer James Cannon is equally sure it was Ford’s senior aide Donald Rumsfeld, a dark horse candidate for the position.) 

    Rumsfeld and Cheney will eventually wield almost Nixonian power in Ford’s White House, ..Rumsfeld and Cheney have larger personal plans as well: they want to secure the White House for Rumsfeld, perhaps as early as 1976, but certainly by 1980.

    Quite a familiar cast.

    God forbid had Cheney become President on 9/11. One could speculate, given their history, that Rumsfeld would have been a strong candidate for VP of an Executive branch overseeing a United States stricken by grief and overwhelmed by the probable imposition of martial law.

    But we can only speculate what ifs.


    UncleFurker's picture


    And still he walks free.



    Glaucus's picture

    "I have spent a good deal of time working in prisons with designated criminals.  Almost never have I experienced them as evil people.  Obviously they are destructive, and usually repetitively so.  But there is a kind of randomness to their destructiveness.  Moreover, although to the authorities they generally deny responsibility for their evil deeds, there is still a quality of openness to their wickedness.  They themselves are quick to point this out, claiming that they have been caught precisely because they are the “honest criminals.”  The truly evil, they will tell you, always reside outside of jail.  Clearly these proclamations are self-justifying.  They are also, I believe, generally accurate."

    M. Scott Peck, People of the Lie

    patience...'s picture

    What else would you expect from the anti-christ.

    breezer1's picture


    (Q) What is meant by the children of light . . . ?
    (A) They that choose to be guided by His will and do not, through themselves, attempt to manifest self rather than the will of the Father.
    In the beginning was the word, and the word was God. He said, Let there be light--and there was light. Like begets like. It is both cause and effect, and they that choose some other way become the children of darkness; and they are these: Envying, strife, hate; and the children of these are sedition, rebellion, and the like.
    The children of light first love, for "Though I may have the gift of prophecy, though I may speak in unknown tongues, though I give my body to be burned and have not the spirit of the Son of man, the Christ Consciousness, the Christ Spirit, I am nothing." For, the children of light know Him; He calleth each by name.

    Edgar Cayce Reading 262-46

    DaveyJones's picture

    Dick took control of everything that day. Panetta's testimony alone should sequester a grand jury. So should the NORAD response and five extraordinarily similar exercises that day organized by Dick. A truly disgusting character in modern political history. And nice to see you coming around George

    Cognitive Dissonance's picture

    And nice to see you coming around George

    May I suggest you visit GW's web site and look through his list of articles to when he first began. GW came around a long time ago.

    GW understands that he must tailor his message to suit his audience. Some people are just not as ready as others to hear. GW has found that sometimes one must find multiple paths to the same destination in order to reach the greatest number of ears. 

    One of the problems with some of the ZH readers is that some feel they see all simply because they see the Ponzi. Thus they remain blind to other revelations because they either don't wish to look deeper or are psychologically or emotionally unable. For many, including myself, the path is full of pot holes.

    Thank you GW.  

    DaveyJones's picture

    I hear you. The comment was less that George is there, more that he is talking about it 

    divide_by_zero's picture

    Panetta = Cheney= Bush, all progressives Soros' bitchez.

    Panetta = Center for American Progress = Soros.

    Do your homework.




    weinerdog43's picture

    Did you even read the article?  Is that too much to ask?

    Montgomery Burns's picture

    I hope he lives a long miserable time with his external artificial heart. He deserves it.

    Eternal Student's picture

    I think you underestimate things. Cheney is history. Ask yourself who is waiting in the wings to take over for him? These sociopaths never stop.

    Conrad Murray's picture

    9/11 an inside job?!  Noooooo.  You should learn to respect the presidency.  Shrub the super-christian cokehead and Barry the terrorist's wars are about freedom.  Heroin, oil, defense contracts, money, power...none of that matters.  You think they would let 1000s of Americans and countless foreigners die so they could come closer to their and/or their master's ideological goals?  That's crazy talk.  C-R-A-Z-Y talk.