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'Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta': Gore Vidal


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#1 Rainman

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 03:47 PM

'Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta':
Gore Vidal

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. ET

In Dreaming War, Gore Vidal continues the critique of the Bush administration he began in his previous work, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. As the nation prepares to attack Iraq, Vidal asks: Whose interests are served by this doctrine of pre-emptive war? Was Afghanistan turned to rubble to avenge the 3,000 slaughtered on September 11? Or was "the unlovely Osama chosen on aesthetic grounds to be the frightening logo for our long contemplated invasion and conquest of Afghanistan?" And while evidence is now being presented to connect Saddam with 9/11, the current administration are not helped by "stories in the U.S. press about the vast oil wealth of Iraq which must--for the sake of the free world--be reassigned to U.S. consortiums." Chat with Gore Vidal about his book.



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MIami Fl: Nazi Germany had many wealthy Americans making financial gains and had no interest in getting involved in a European War. If America had gotten in earlier many lives would have been saved. If we had gotten in any later we may all be speaking German right now. Political or financial interests aside, is Saddam not a threat?

Gore Vidal: He's certainly not a threat to the U.S. He has been a threat to some of his Arab neighbors. Presumably they can take care of him. He's been contained nicely for the last 11 years. I don't see any urgency in attacking him, because if we do we can be sure he'll use those weapons we maintain he has.

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Minneapolis, MN: What do you predict, in terms of a timetable, for the US use of force in Iraq, Iran, North Korea? In concise terms, what do you think are the US Foreign Policy division's true motivations for each of these areas?

Gore Vidal: The current plan in Washington is that the war will begin the last week in February against Iraq. At the moment we have no plans for North Korea.

The true motivations are that the government is in the hands of oil and gas people. The two Bushes, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and so on. The oil reserves of the world are dwindling, and the greatest reserves or all are around the Caspian Sea, which is why we're in Afghanistan, which is the gateway to that area. We have 100,000 troops in that area and two new airbases.

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Richmond, VT: What would Myra Breckenridge say about this President?

Gore Vidal: Myra would probably want to bring back the old comedians like Jack Benny. She'd prefer him as President.

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silver spring, maryland: Mr. Vidal, What a treat! I've loved everything you've written---including the recent spat w/ Dominic Dunne in Vanity Fair's letter pages. Here is my question: Why is the blue-collar middle-class, middle American more willing to accept massive taxation and military spending for vague regional objectives rather than reasonable spending on social domestic issues that concern the entire nation.

Gore Vidal: I would suppose that it's because they are the most consistently lied to, and have less access to information. TV news is not very instructive. They know they're being lied to. They're puzzled and exploited.


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Posted 04 February 2004 - 02:26 PM

Better americans pay for oil than the rest of us. Their blood is cheaper and contaminated with gook anyway.
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Posted 05 February 2004 - 05:28 AM

What would've Yankees do if there was no oil?!

Drive smaller cars?!

Don't fly to Moon/Mars to auction the land over there to 450 celebrities?!

Don't run 24/7/365 the battle carrier ships all over the world trying to inject American Culture to any village around the world?!

Not have a dirty Family called Bushis who would be having deals with OBL and Haliburton?!

Wonder how world would be different.

Amerika is a differenr world by itself!:rolleyes:
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