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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 12:57 am

The crude connection to Georgia

Or how the Bush Doctrine bit its maker on the tush


Here we go again, tumbling down the rabbit hole with George W.

What a hoot to see the Bush Gang, which can't ever seem to shoot straight, railing at Russia's rough-up of the Republic of Georgia. Bush, Condi Rice, Robert Gates and others have wagged their fingers furiously at the Russkies in recent days, scolding them for invading a "sovereign state." John McCain also jumped in, declaring, "In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations."

All of the scolders had their faces locked in a scowl, presumably to keep from bursting out in knee-slapping laughter. They are, after all, the gang that invaded and still occupies Iraq, the gang that continues to threaten the sovereign nation of Iran with regime change, the gang that so loudly proclaimed the Bush Doctrine in 2002, asserting the "right" of the U.S. military to carry out pre-emptive strikes against any nation or group anywhere without consulting anyone.

Russia's invasion of Georgia is the Bush Doctrine turning right around and biting its creators on the butt. They've been tight since 2001, when George first met Vlad at the presidential ranchette in Texas. Bush said back then that he had looked into Putin's eyes and "got a sense of his soul," which, he attested, was pure.

What are our interests in Georgia? Oil.

There are vast reserves of oil in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea, and such giants as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhillips and BP hold leases on these riches. But how to get this black gold to the West?

Voila — Georgia! Under both Bill Clinton and Bush, the U.S. government aggressively developed ties to the Georgian government, pushing it to allow passage through the countryside of the Baku-Thilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC).

That's why the Bushites are inserting America into yet another conflict that is rooted in historic ethnic enmities in another volatile region about which our leaders know squat. It's not about standing up for democracy — it's about oil.

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, columnist, and author.


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