February 18, 2004

Now this is the sort of information we need: from Tom Paine, Laura Flanders looks under the hood at some of Kerry's machinery and finds some "suspect" parts. "Not Quite A Dream Team" discovers that folks like Richard Morningstar, Rand Beers, and William Perry are part of his foreign policy drive-train. Clip:

Morningstar, a former advisor to President Clinton on Caspian energy, was instrumental in pushing for the controversial Baku-Tiblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. The plan has strong support on both sides of the political aisle.

A consortium of oil companies are deeply invested, including Britain's BP, and the U.S. firms Unocal and Amerada Hess. In the 1990s, the Clinton administration did all it could to clear the way for BTC, including extending U.S. Export-Import Bank financing, and recruiting Dick Cheney, James Baker and others to lobby local governments. James Baker's law firm, Baker Botts, represents BP. Dick Cheney's Halliburton, an oil-industry supplier, won the contract to build refineries for several Caspian states. As a member of its Board of Directors, Condoleezza Rice helped negotiate Chevron's deal to drill the Caspian's purportedly richest field, the Tengiz.
So what about Edwards' team? Good question. It's become pretty clear that the issue/content-free "beauty pageant" atmosphere of the presidential election process, as perfected since JFK, just doesn't work. It would have been nice to know more about PNAC and The Cheney Gang before, not after, Doubleduh stole the election. We don't just elect presidents, we elect agendas and systems. Maybe we'll have to elect Kerry to get rid of Bush, but we should do it with eyes wide open. Might be a good idea to start asking who he's gonna have in his Cabinet and who the Undersecretaries, etc. are gonna be. And as I said, the same for Edwards. After all, John Edwards has ties to the Carolinas, where there's an awful lot of investment in the military-industrial complex.

Be at peace.