Halliburton Negotiating With Iran?
01-22-2007, 07:11 PM
Halliburton Negotiating With Iran?
On May 26, 2006, Wayne Madsen (former Navy/National Security Agency intelligence analyst, and current gadfly to the Bush/neo-con clique) posted a very short, but very interesting report on his website concerning Halliburton.
Madsen still stands by this report on Halliburton (copied below) and has never revised or retracted it.
Madsen's website (at this link), and the past archives of that website are highly recommended.
Madsen gathers his information from contacts throughout the U.S. military, intelligence agencies, and the U.S. Government.
It is intriguing to consider the implications of this short report, eight months later.
Rumsfield (the political neo-con) gets dismissed. Cheney (the financial neo-con) stays.
Is Halliburton still in secret negotiations with Iran? Is the threat of war with Iran an elaborate "strong arm" ploy?
Is the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony using the Israeli establishment in an elaborate "good cop/bad cop" scheme?
For years, the Western global oil consortium has desired to build a pipeline that would carry oil from the oil-rich Caspian Sea, across Iranian territory through Teheran, and then south to the Persian Gulf/Indian Ocean.
Consider the following points:
Russia is currently extracting oil from the oil-rich reserves of the Caspian Sea, and shipping through Russia.
Putin (of Russia) is attempting to craft a "market union" between Russia, China, India, and Brazil. This Putin instigated "market union" is intended to stand up to both the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony and the European Union "market union".
At the same time, the G.W. Bush team has been scrambling to entice and keep India, China, and Vietnam within the sphere of the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony. Vietnam is collaborating with Russia to develop its own oil reserves.
Brazil, as I recall, is the largest producer of bio-fuel and ethanol. They are also opting out of the corporate oil companies tied to both the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony and the European Union.
In the Iran situation, low level war has already begun. Are the United States and Britain playing the role of the "good cops" in this heavy-handed negotiation with Iran?
Is nuclear Israel playing the role of the "bad cop"?
Sounds like a "film noir" movie ...
... or like the movie SYRIANA (recommended if you haven't seen it).
But consider further the following points:
For the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony, the "geopolitik" of the Iran (and global) situation is getting desperate.
The Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony has conspired to keep oil prices "artificially" high.
If the price of oil stays "artificially" high then other producers outside of the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony will come "online" to supply production.
The Russia-China-Brazil-India coalition could fill the supply with their fields both on land and offshore. With the price of oil supported at "artificially" high prices, then it becomes cost effective to build the infrastructure to extract that oil from **outside** of the political sphere of the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony.
But not under the control of the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony.
And Brazil has pioneered the infrastructure of producing bio-fuel and ethanol. Because of this, as I understand it, Brazil is now essentially energy self-sufficient if they wanted to be. And they are prepared to export the technology of producing bio-fuel and ethanol to the rest of South America.
Consider that Venezuela has more oil than all of the Middle Eastern/South Asian oil fields. But it costs more to extract and refine oil from Venezuela (though Venezuelans pay approximately 16 cents (U.S.) per gallon within Venezuela).
With an "artificially supported" high price, Venezuela can build more infrastructure and export more oil. Hugo Chavez is very aware of this.
The province of Alberta in Canada (Ctrl's neck of the woods!) also has more oil than all of the Middle Eastern/South Asian oil fields. But the "sand extraction" process has been expensive ... up until now.
"Sand extraction" can now be done for as low as 13 to 17 dollars (U.S.) a barrel. An "artificially supported" high price will cause Alberta to come "online".
The world is awash in untapped oil reserves. The oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico (off the coast of Louisiana) are estimated to be more than 30 percent more than humankind has consumed over the entire petroleum era according to an article by Lisa M. Pinsker in the March 2005 issue of Geotimes.
So the elites of the Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony are in a bind, between Iraq and a hard place ... :D
Below Madsen's article, I have also posted an article by Greg Palast that reflects on the current Iraq/Iran situation.
Below Palast's article, I have posted an article by Jon Rappoport that reflects on the oil companies attempting to keep massive untapped oil reserves off the market. This article by Jon Rappoport contains the Geotimes article by Lisa M. Pinsker.
[The report below posted by Wayne Madsen at his website at this link)]
May 26, 2006 -- On May 24, the National Security Council contravened US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and ruled out direct negotiations with Iran that were promised by Khalilzad after the appointment of a new Iraqi government.
However, State Department sources report that there are direct negotiations taking place between Iran and the United States.
However, the American side is not represented by the U.S. government but by Halliburton. The oil company, with long ties to Dick Cheney, is negotiating with Iran on potential contracts to refurbish Iran's aging oil production infrastructure.
The saber-rattling from the Bush White House over Iran is either a smokescreen to draw attention away from U.S.-Iranian oil talks or represents a new fracture between the neocons in the Bush administration: the financially-motivated vs. the politically-motivated neocons.
This fissure may represent the first discernable break between Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools--The Mission Was Indeed Accomplished
By Greg Palast (this article from this link)
Get off it.
All the carping, belly-aching and complaining about George Bushs incompetence in Iraq, from both the Left and now the Right, is just dead wrong.
On the third anniversary of the tanks rolling over Iraqs border, most of the 59 million Homer Simpsons who voted for Bush are beginning to doubt if his mission was accomplished.
But dont kid yourself Bush and his co-conspirator, Dick Cheney, accomplished exactly what they set out to do. In case youve forgotten what their real mission was, let me remind you of White House spokesman Ari Fleishers original announcement, three years ago, launching of what he called,
O.I.L. How droll of them, how cute.
Then, Karl Rove made the giggling boys in the White House change it to OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the 101st Airborne wasnt sent to Basra to get its hands on Iraqs OIF.
Its about oil, Robert Ebel told me.
Who is Ebel? Formerly the CIAs top oil analyst, he was sent by the Pentagon, about a month before the invasion, to a secret confab in London with Saddams former oil minister to finalize the plans for liberating Iraqs oil industry. In London, Bushs emissary Ebel also instructed Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, the man the Pentagon would choose as post-OIF oil minister for Iraq, on the correct method of disposing Iraqs crude.
And what did the USA want Iraq to do with Iraqs oil?
The answer will surprise many of you: and it is uglier, more twisted, devilish and devious than anything imagined by the most conspiracy-addicted blogger.
The answer can be found in a 323-page plan for Iraqs oil secretly drafted by the State Department. Our team got a hold of a copy; how, doesnt matter. The key thing is whats inside this thick Bush diktat: a directive to Iraqis to maintain a state oil company that will enhance its relationship with OPEC.
Enhance its relationship with OPEC???
How strange: the government of the United States ordering Iraq to support the very OPEC oil cartel which is strangling our nation with outrageously high prices for crude.
Specifically, the system ordered up by the Bush cabal would keep a lid on Iraqs oil production limiting Iraqs oil pumping to the tight quota set by Saudi Arabia and the OPEC cartel.
There you have it. Yes, Bush went in for the oil not to get more of Iraqs oil, but to prevent Iraq producing too much of it.
You must keep in mind who paid for Georges ranch and Dicks bunker: Big Oil. And Big Oil and their buck-buddies, the Saudis dont make money from pumping more oil, but from pumping less of it. The lower the supply, the higher the price.
Its Economics 101.
The oil industry is run by a cartel, OPEC, and what economists call an oligopoly a tiny handful of operators who make more money when theres less oil, not more of it. So, every time the insurgents blow up a pipeline in Basra, every time Mad Mahmoud in Tehran threatens to cut supply, the price of oil leaps. And Dick and George just love it.
Dick and George didnt want more oil from Iraq, they wanted less.
I know some of you, no matter what I write, insist that our President and his Veep are on the hunt for more crude so you can cheaply fill your family Hummer; that somehow, these two oil-patch babies are concerned that the price of gas in the USA is bumping up to $3 a gallon.
Not so, gentle souls. Three bucks a gallon in the States (and a quid a litre in Britain) means colossal profits for Big Oil, and that makes Dicks ticker go pitty-pat with joy.
The top oily-gopolists, the five largest oil companies, pulled in $113 billion in profit in 2005 compared to a piddly $34 billion in 2002 before Operation Iraqi Liberation. In other words, its been a good war for Big Oil.
As per Plan Bush, Bahr Al-Ulum became Iraqs occupation oil minister; the conquered nation enhanced its relationship with OPEC; and the price of oil, from Clinton peace-time to Bush war-time, shot up 317%.
In other words, on the third anniversary of invasion, we can say the attack and occupation is, indeed, a Mission Accomplished. However, it wasnt Americas mission, nor the Iraqis.
It was a Mission Accomplished for OPEC and Big Oil.
IS THERE NEW OIL? DOES IT MATTER?
by Jon Rappoport (this article posted at link)
MARCH 7, 2005. I'm reprinting a Geotimes article that suggests there may be huge amounts of untapped oil off the coast of Louisiana.
I'm not in a position to confirm or deny the accuracy of the recent study on this oil bonanza.
But I can make one prediction. If the oil is there, and if it is recoverable at a cost that would make the immense project feasible, there is a very small chance anyone will go get it.
Because energy self-sufficiency for America is not on the game board. It's not on the US government's board, and more importantly, it's not on the board of the men who control the future of globalism.
One of the main objectives of globalism---or what I would call global management---the few ruling the many---is the decimation of America down to the level of a, well, "big England."
It has to happen if the "globalism cartel" is to complete its plan.
Two cautionary notes.
The effort to reduce America to impotent status is very long term and will not be accomplished with a flick of the wrist. And the reason for this effort is not based on some humanitarian impulse to curb, for example, the US imperial tradition in foreign policy. To cut through the crap, kings want power because they want power. The idea of a global society ruled down to its socks is the wet dream of men who wake up every day with a wide thirst for control. That is who and what they are.
Energy self-sufficiency for America----in any form(s)----oil, breakthrough solar, cold fusion, hydrogen, biomass---you name it---is a vast NO NO as far as the globalist agenda is concerned.
Ditto for ANY OTHER NATION.
THIS negative agenda is what really keeps us from attaining the kind of energy liberation we seek.
It's time to wake up to this fact.
The central strategy of globalism is the elimination---in all but name---of separate and distinct sovereign nations.
One has only to look at what is happening to Europe to see the plan in action. I'm talking, of course, about the progress of the European Union as the ruling body in Europe.
If vast amounts of energy (from any and all sources) became available to humankind, and if various nations could find, discover, tap, invent huge quantities of energy within their own borders, those nations would have no need to participate with vigor in the so-called interdependent network of The Global Village.
Such an outcome would be a massive shot across the bow of globalist objectives. It would be a torpedo into the guts of the whole Machine.
The energy crisis and the tradition of madness in the Middle East is part of a plan that forces nations to lower their expectations and join hands as one planet.
As nice as this may sound, there is a grim visage behind the "share and care" PR front. It's basically the same situation and "op" you find behind the paradise-on-Earth PR of the Roman Church and the Communist movement.
You know. We're all equal and we're all wonderful, but we need a few wise leaders to keep pumping out the benevolence until we all become saints.
(It's worth noting, in this regard, that the European Union is the major driving force behind Codex, the UN body that is set to seal its plan to "protect us and do what's best for us"---on behalf of the medical cartel---by severely restricting the trade flow of nutritional supplements around the world. And in case you hadn't noticed, nutrients=energy.)
Energy abundance for all nations and ultimately all individuals would, in effect, bypass the necessity for the globalistic framework.
So you can see why we really have an energy crisis.
Finally, it doesn't have to do with peak oil (if that is indeed a fact). It doesn't have to do with environmental concerns. It has to do with a hard and fast rule: everything must be done to reduce the self-sufficiency of nations and individuals.
THAT is what's keeping the lid on.
Oh, I know that oil companies do all they can to keep alternative energy breakthroughs of magnitude from happening. But behind that, there is a bigger agenda.
You can go as far back as you want to, and you'll find precedents.
I rarely resort to the Bible, but consider the story of Joseph.
Not the father of Jesus, but the boy with the multi-colored coat. When he became the advisor to the ruler of Egypt, during the time of the great famine, he ultimately suggested that the residual wheat stores of the country---which had been, of course, grown by the farmers---and then placed into government warehouses---should be given back to the people at a price. The people would trade their possessions and their remaining freedom and their very selves to the ruler, so that they could have the food they had grown in the first place.
A neat trick. The last time I looked, food was another form of energy.
All the energy debates in which we're currently engaging are one element of a much larger picture.
That picture rotates around self-sufficiency versus no self-sufficiency.
Many, many "ops" are launched on the premise of convincing the people that self-sufficiency is unworkable and impossible. The people must put their trust and their lives in the hands of the wise rulers.
For example, one whole brand of "op" called terrorism comes to mind.
[beginning Geotimes oil article]
Astonishing Amount Of Oil And Gas Off Louisiana: Petroleum Geology - It's Raining Hydrocarbons In The Gulf
by Lisa M. Pinsker (Geotimes, 3-7-2005)
Cathles and his team estimate that in a study area of about 9,600 square miles off the coast of Louisiana, source rocks a dozen kilometers down have generated as much as 184 billion tons of oil and gas.
"That's 30 percent more than we humans have consumed over the entire petroleum era," Cathles says. "And that's just this one little postage stamp area; if this is going on worldwide, then there's a LOT of hydrocarbons venting out."
Below the Gulf of Mexico, hydrocarbons flow upward through an intricate network of conduits and reservoirs. They start in thin layers of source rock and, from there, buoyantly rise to the surface.
On their way up, the hydrocarbons collect in little rivulets, and create temporary pockets like rain filling a pond. Eventually most escape to the ocean. And, this is all happening now, not millions and millions of years ago, says Larry Cathles, a chemical geologist at Cornell University.
"We're dealing with this giant flow-through system where the hydrocarbons are generating now, moving through the overlying strata now, building the reservoirs now and spilling out into the ocean now," Cathles says.
He's bringing this new view of an active hydrocarbon cycle to industry, hoping it will lead to larger oil and gas discoveries. By matching the chemical signatures of the oil and gas with geologic models for the structures below the seafloor, petroleum geologists could tap into reserves larger than the North Sea, says Cathles, who presented his findings at the meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans on March 27.
This canvas image of the study area shows the top of salt surface (salt domes are spikes) in the Gas Research Institute study area and four areas of detailed study (stratigraphic layers). The oil fields seen here are Tiger Shoals, South Marsh Island 9 (SMI 9), the South Eugene Island Block 330 area (SEI 330), and Green Canyon 184 area (Jolliet reservoirs). In this area, 125 kilometers by 200 kilometers, Larry Cathles of Cornell University and his team estimate hydrocarbon reserves larger than those of the North Sea.
Cathles and his team estimate that in a study area of about 9,600 square miles off the coast of Louisiana, source rocks a dozen kilometers down have generated as much as 184 billion tons of oil and gas " about 1,000 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalent. "That's 30 percent more than we humans have consumed over the entire petroleum era," Cathles says. "And that's just this one little postage stamp area; if this is going on worldwide, then there's a lot of hydrocarbons venting out."
According to a 2000 assessment from the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the mean undiscovered, conventionally recoverable resources in the Gulf of Mexico offshore continental shelf are 71 billion barrels of oil equivalent. But, says Richie Baud of MMS, not all those resources are economically recoverable and they cannot be directly compared to Cathles' numbers, because "our assessment only includes those hydrocarbon resources that are conventionally recoverable whereas their study includes unconventionally recoverable resources."
Future MMS assessments, Baud says, may include unconventionally recoverable resources, such as gas hydrates.
Of that huge resource of naturally generated hydrocarbons, Cathles says, more than 70 percent have made their way upward through the vast network of streams and ponds, venting into the ocean, at a rate of about 0.1 ton per year. The escaped hydrocarbons then become food for bacteria, helping to fuel the oceanic food web.
Another 10 percent of the Gulf's total hydrocarbons are hidden in the subsurface, representing about 60 billion barrels of oil and 374 trillion cubic feet of gas that could be extracted. The remaining hydrocarbons, about 20 percent, stay trapped in the source strata.
Driving the venting process is the replacement of deep, carbonate-sourced Jurassic hydrocarbons by shale-sourced, Eocene hydrocarbons. Determining the ratio between the younger and older hydrocarbons, based on their chemical signatures, is key to understanding the migration paths of the oil and gas and the potential volume waiting to be tapped.
"If the Eocene source matures and its chemical signature is going to be seen near the surface, it's got to displace all that earlier generated hydrocarbon " that's the secret of getting a handle on this number," Cathles says. Another important key to understanding hydrocarbon migration is "gas washing," Cathles adds. A relatively new process his research team discovered in the Gulf work, gas washing refers to the regular interaction of oil with large amounts of natural gas. In the northern area of Cathles' study area, he estimates that gas carries off 90 percent of the oil.
Ed Colling, senior staff geologist at ChevronTexaco, says that identifying the depth at which gas washing occurs could be extremely useful in locating deeper oil reserves. "If you make a discovery, by back tracking the chemistry and seeing where the gas washing occurred, you have the opportunity to find deeper oil," he says.
Using such information in combination with the active hydrocarbon flow model Cathles' team produced and already existing 3-D seismic analyses could substantially improve accuracy in drilling for oil and gas, Colling says. ChevronTexaco, which funds Cathles' work through the Global Basins Research Network, has been working to integrate the technologies. (Additional funding comes from the Gas Research Institute.)
"All the players are looking for bigger reserves than what's on shore," Colling says. And deep water changes the business plan. With each well a multibillion dollar investment, the discovery must amount to at least several hundred million barrels of oil and gas for the drilling to be economic. Chemical signatures and detailed basin models are just more tools to help them decide where to drill, he says.
"A big part of the future of exploration is being able to effectively use chemical information," Cathles says. Working in an area with more oil by at least a factor of two than the North Sea, he says he hopes that his models will help companies better allocate their resources. But equally important, Cathles says, is that his work is shifting the way people think about natural hydrocarbon vent systems " from the past to the present.
[end GeoTimes oil article]
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