When Alan Greespan said the Iraq war was “all about oil”, he spilled the beans on the one global obsession of our Vice President and former Oil Services CEO–U.S. control of global oil supplies. Well, Tricky Dick is back at it again in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan, like Georgia, is a former Soviet republic that has sought closer ties to the West and the United States, and it is considered a vital crossroads for oil and gas from the Caspian Sea.
Underscoring the point, Mr. Cheney’s first meetings here in Baku were with representatives of two international oil companies: William Schrader of BP Azerbaijan and Robert Satmalchi of Chevron, according to a spokeswoman, Megan M. Mitchell. She said they discussed “their assessments of the energy situation in Azerbaijan and the broader Caspian region — especially in light of Russia’s recent military actions in Georgia.”
The U.S. is about to pour $1 billion into Georgia, some of it probably sophisticated military aid. Did Congress actually approve this appropriation, or is there some Dick Cheney slush fund they can take it from?