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Cheney’s real goal

VP and former CEO of Halliburton Dick Cheney has been on a juggernaut the last two weeks trying to poison the U.S./Russia relationship. Ostensibly he is criticizing Putin’s recent anti-democratic tendencies – as if Cheney could give a hoot about democracy.

As with Iraq, this is all a smoke screen for something else up Cheney’s sleeve. Cheney wants the bountiful oil in Kazakhstan. He wants that oil to be piped straight to the West and not through any lines going through Russia. He is trying to drive a wedge between Russia and Kazakhstan. Cheney also doesn’t like the idea of the multibillionaire former owner of Russian oil giant YUKOS sitting in a Russian jail for theft, corruption, and tax evasion – just doesn’t seem right to a former oil CEO like Cheney.

Cheney has delivered untold billions in profit for his old company since 2002 and he wants to deliver another big gift before leaving office. Haven’t these guys ever heard of “alternative energy?” As I look at the actions of the Bush Administration lately (including the wire-tapping general they are trying to put in charge of the CIA), it seems that they are consolidating money and power against a possible impeachment.

Michael Schwalm

Penn Valley

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