Cheney is criminally culpable for the BP oil spill. Anne Womack Kolton will protect Cheney first. Why is Cheney silent about BP oil spill? No one could get him to quit attacking the Obama administration’s national security stances and unwillingness to engage in enhanced interrogations of detainees, so why would he stop his yapping when it came to BP oil spill?
The article “Dick Cheney ‘Needs To Testify’ About BP Oil Spill, Says Chris Matthews” or Cheney must Testify states “Former Vice President and one-time Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney should be called to testify about the gulf oil spill, according to Chris Matthews.
Matthews argues that because Cheney held secret meetings with big oil to develop the Bush administration’s energy policy, it’s impossible to know who was responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthews elaborates:
You see, in the cozy world of oil and those charged by public oath with regulating it, these are leaks that can be prevented. Halliburton is now saying it`s not to blame for what happened in the Gulf of Mexico. How on Earth are we to know who was responsible for this in this incredibly incestuous little set up?
We have the vice president of our country, fresh from his job as CEO of the oil company, holding secret meetings with oil companies in the White House. From top to bottom, the government President Obama inherited was stocked with Halliburton people, supposedly looking at Halliburton, while the whole thing looks like they were looking out for Halliburton. Don`t you think?”
He got away with lying us into the Iraq war, war crimes and torturing detainees but he must be among the oil industry fat cats called on to testify for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Many people are disgusted that Cheney could have his secret Energy Task Force and aid to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson has said clearly that the blame for BP Oil Spill ‘Can Be Laid at Cheney’s Feet.
The article “Behar: BP Oil Spill ‘Can Be Laid at Cheney’s Feet’; ‘People Should Be Furious!'” or An Insider Selects Cheney As Source of BP Oil Spill is representative of the disgust the nation feels for Cheney as Behar states “And despite President Barack Obama having been in office for almost a year and a half, Behar insisted this was sufficient evidence to show Cheney was at fault and people should be furious at a man no longer in office.
“He said he deregulated everything and Obama has to live with it,” Behar said. “He was in bed with those Halliburton people. He’s an oil guy. He deregulated and that’s why we’re in this mess. People should be furious!”
Do you find it disgusting that Anne Womack Kolton has hired as the BP mouthpiece? She has made a career of protecting Cheney first.
The article “BP hires Cheney spokeswoman to lead PR effort” or How Do These People Live with Their Guilt? states “As if the water wasn’t deep — or oily — enough around British Petroleum’s public relations, the company has hired a former spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney to be its public face for the disaster.
Anne Womack Kolton, former head of public affairs at the Department of Energy and Cheney’s onetime campaign press secretary, will take the baton from BP this week.
While at Cheney’s side, Kolton defended the secrecy of the Vice President’s Energy task force, a group which held secretive meetings with energy company executives. When the General Accounting Office — the research arm of Congress — sued the Administraton for records relating to Cheney’s meetings, Kolton (then Womack) was at his side.
Who was Cheney selling out the US to? The article states “A blogger at the liberal web site Daily Kos notes that BP was reportedly among one of the companies that Cheney met with.”
Womack didn’t confine herself to lying about big oil as the article continues “In 2004, Womack Kolton also drew attention from the left after Cheney made comments suggesting a Democratic victory would precipitate a terrorist attack.
“Whoever is elected in November,” she said, “face[s] the prospect of another terrorist attack. The question is whether or not the right policies are in place to best protect our country. That’s what the Vice President was saying.”
Just how guilty is Cheney? He is as guilty as his company, Halliburton, has been incompetent in every job it has been assigned.
The article “Halliburton’s Return: Oil Spill Puts Symbol Of Cronyism And Corruption Back In The News” or Incestuous Big Oil states “It seems increasingly likely that when investigators determine the precise cause of the oil-rig explosion that threatens to poison huge swaths of the Gulf of Mexico, what they’ll conclude is that something went catastrophically wrong with the work done by Halliburton.
BP owns the well, and Transocean Ltd. owns the drilling rig, but Halliburton was the subcontractor in charge of sealing the bottom of the well. ….
For Halliburton, it’s just the latest in a seemingly endless series of brushes with notoriety.
During the Bush years, Halliburton was so omnipresent that its very name became synonymous with crony capitalism and the corrupt intersection between government and the military-industrial complex — particularly when oil and/or big money were involved.”
All of those times Cheney sneered and growled at people when he was lying to us about Iraq and torturing detainees has caused people to intensely hate him. Now he has ruined our Gulf Coast for profit. How much money does this ghoul need?
The article states “In 2009, Halliburton and its former subsidiary, KBR, paid $569 million in fines to settle bribery charges. It turns out that from 1995 to 2004, Halliburton had bribed a long succession of Nigerian officials to obtain lucrative construction contracts.
In this country, the influence-peddling is done with a little more subtlety, at least most of the time.
Consider this episode, also reported by the Washington Post: “As the government prepared for war in Iraq in the fall of 2002, a senior political appointee in the Defense Department chose oil services giant Halliburton Co. to secretly plan how to repair Iraqi oil fields, and then briefed Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff and other White House officials about the sole-source contract before it was granted.”
Apparently his greed knows no end. If only he practiced the age old adage of safety first, but then that would cut into his sacred profits. The article continues “As it happens, this latest incident harkens back to Halliburton’s roots in the early 1900s as an oil-field services company specializing in “cementing” oil wells — or sending cement slurry down the pipe of an oil well to create a seal when it hardens.
Halliburton was doing just that — albeit several thousand feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico — less than a day before the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, burned and sank, killing 11 workers and leaving an out-of-control gusher spewing millions of gallons of oil into the water.
The Wall Street Journal reported that a 2007 study “found that cementing was a factor in 18 of 39 well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico over a 14-year period. That was the single largest factor, ahead of equipment failure and pipe failure.”
Meanwhile, Halliburton continues to actively market its deepwater services. Its Web site states that: “Halliburton technologies have played a key role in the success of many deepwater Gulf of Mexico wells.”
The pitch concludes: “Our experience speaks for itself.”
Their reputation precedes them. In the Iraq War they built showers that were so inadequate that our soldiers were getting electrocuted in them. Their criminally negligent cement work was at the root of this Gulf disaster and again more people died. Yes their experience speaks for itself. It says that if you want an incompetent product at an exorbitant price Halliburton is the company. Their work might be so poor that people die, but as long as Cheney makes a bigger profit then hire Halliburton. When their product deteriorates, explodes or electrocutes someone then Cheney will sneer and growl at you to speak to his attorney. His intimates will take the fall for him as Scooter Libby did. That is Cheney’s wish, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be forced to testify. These oil barons are all in bed with each other, but the big shots in BP and Transocean LTD would gladly serve up Cheney if it benefited them.