UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) Digging Deeper XXXIII @ Mandolin Café (Tacoma, WA) July 23, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans—Sordid Secretsand Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild
(New York: Plume/Penguin,2007). Original ed., titled
Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of OsamaWolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’sBehind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War
,published June 2006.
Vision of future (1-2). Aregime of “militarized greed” (3). Palast’sinvestigative journalism (3). This book, “likemy last,” can be read “in any order” (3).Summary of book (4-5). “I am not a niceman” (6).
Ch. 1: The Fear: Who’s Afraid of OsamaWolf?
It is ridiculous to advertise a terror“alert level” (9-10). On Apr. 29, 2003,Rumsfeld acknowledged that U.S. armedforces were leaving Saudi Arabia, which hasbeen bin Laden’s mission (10-11). It’s aboutoil (111-14). Southold, NY, prepares forterrorists but Kimberly Haeg’s parents can’tpay their medical bills (14-16). U.S. pulledback from A.Q. Khan investigation to assuageSaudis (16, 18-20). Library record snooping(20-21). Call back from U.S. gov’t to Turkish-speaking applicant: “I see you speak Terrorist… uh, uh… Turkish!” (21-22). Failureto investigate Muslim club until Sept. 13,2001, because of its Saudi connections (22-26). Osama planned 9/11, but the U.S.“made” Osama (26-33). There is no war onterror; there are only some terroristscommitting crimes (34-37). ChoicePoint canbe asked under the PATRIOT Act for data theU.S. is barred from obtaining, thusoutsourcing unconstitutional search andseizure (38-42). ChoicePoint’s involvementin Latin American election campaigns (43-45). General Dynamics and Lockheed (45-49). The politics of
Ch. 2: The Flow: Trillion Dollar Babies.
“A Secret History of the War over Oil in Iraq”(52-55).
Part 1: Plan A: In and Out inThree Days
(52-64). Meeting in WalnutCreek, CA, home of Falah Aljibury in February2001 of State Dept. people favoringoverthrow of Saddam (52-54). Opposed byneocons in Pentagon favoring PNAC andprivatization of oil (54-56). Grover Norquist(56-60). Wolfowitz’s testimony in March2003 (60-64).
Part 2: Chicago TakesBaghdad
(64-78). “O.I.L.” (64-65). Garner,who favored elections, ousted (66-68).Bremer and his decrees (69-76). HaroldRhode in the Pentagon’s “Office of NetAssessment” part of plan to destroy OPEC(77-78)
Part 2½: A Brief History of Gulf Wars One through Six
— T.E. Lawrence’s1919 memo (79-82).
Part 3: The War forOPEC: The No-Brainers versus theWitches Brew
(83-106). U.S. seat in OPECis the true prize of Iraq war (
neocons’ambition to destroy OPEC), but a strugglecontinues in U.S. policy circles over what todo with it, with Big Oil [Philip Carroll of ShellOil USA] production sharing agreement (PSA)plan prevailing (83-106).
Part 4: Jerks,Euros, the Hubbert Humbug and Mr. 5%
(107-24). Rejects the petrodollar theory of the war (107). Rejects the peak oil theory(108-14). The war was about
,not getting, Iraq’s oil (114-24).
Part 5:Wolfowitz Dämmerung: Twilight of theNeo-Con Gods
(124-34). Big Oil’s victoryled to raid on Chalabi, ouster of neocons(124-31). But a “neo-con counter-coup” in July 2005 (131-34).
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on James Baker’srole in supporting the Saudis (135-41).
Ch. 3: The Network: The World as aCompany Town.
Lines [of ‘Arthur Jensen’]from Paddy Chayevsky’s “Network”: “Thereare no nations” (143-44). The petro-dollarsystem (144-47). The revaluation of theyuan and privatization of Social Security arereally “about moving our capital from a dyingeconomy (America) to rising economies(China)” (147-53). Critique of ThomasFriedman (153-58). Euro presented asmeans for capital to subvert Europeanwelfare state capitalism, designed byAmerican economist Robert Mundell,“Godfather of the euro” (158-62). China