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Posted on on January 13th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

WE POSTED THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY ON June 28, 2008 – during the days that G.W. Bush was the resident at the Washington DC White House. I decided to RE-Post this because of centrality of Iranian oil in global politics even now in the days of President Barack Obama. There is nothing is in the papers these days regarding a PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE of Oil and Weapons Corporations – as this was under the Busches.

We wonder what funneling channels the above businesses do have to the White House today. Do they still have an actual private back door entrance, or this is now simply a result of hesitance from enraging all those Members of Congress who get their election funding from Political Action Committees kept alive by these Corporations?


It was an amazing C-Span session, this Saturday, June 28, 2008 – but it was recorded actually, seemingly, already on March 17, 2008.

The Middle East Institute, Washington DC, was founded in 1946 by George Camp Keiser and former Secretary of State Christian Herter, and since then “has been an important conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American policymakers, organizations and the public.” Their website goes on to note that they “publish quarterly one of the most prestigious journals on the Middle East, The Middle East Journal.

The PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE is made up of Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Raytheon, Saudi Aramco, and Shell.

Ambassador Wendy J. Chamberlin is currently MEI’s President and she chaired the meeting with Mr. Scheuer. She is a former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan – in effect she is the lady that was charged by President Bush to ask General Musharaf if he is with the US or against it – then she was blamed for the outcome. She also seems not to be thankful to the Administration for how she was treated.

Michael F. Scheuer is a former CIA employee.…

In his 22-year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka “Alec Station”), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counter-terrorist Center. He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.
Scheuer resigned in 2004. He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for The Jamestown Foundation’s online publication Global Terrorism Analysis. He also makes radio and television appearances and teaches a graduate-level course on Al-Qaeda at Georgetown University. He also participates in conferences on terrorism and national security issues, such as the New America Foundation’s December 2004 conference, “Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational Terrorism After 9/11.”

Scheuer is now known to be the anonymous author of both Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and the earlier anonymous work, Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America.

Osama bin Laden stated in his September 7, 2007 message: “If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer.”

Scheuer’s book, “Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq” was released on February 12, 2008.

Not much is known about his personal history, though Scheuer was an analyst at the CIA and not a covert field operations officer. During a recent C-SPAN interview, he mentioned that he is a graduate of Canisius College. Scheuer received a Ph.D. in British Empire-U.S.-Canada-U.K. relations from the University of Manitoba. Scheuer a 1974 graduate from Canisius university master’s degrees from Niagara University (1976) and Carleton University (1981).

In the 9/11 Commission Report, Scheuer is featured in Chapter 4, where his name is given only as “Mike”. He is portrayed as being occasionally frustrated with his superiors’ failure to aggressively target bin Laden. He seems to be on the right and unhappy for the fact how the US and his geographical area of experteze was dealt with.

The Jamestown Foundation is a Conservative think tank claiming to report about events and nations strategically important to the United States.

We went to the length to understand this source because we were quite astonished with what we heard on C-Span as follows:

In the Sunni world the Al-Qaeda liberation is in fashion, and in their eyes we are on the right side of history. Bin Laden is extremely talented and he has identified issues in US politics. In the US – no politician will come out and say that we are supporting dictators in the Arab World because we needed the oil. So he knows our weakness and knows we serve his cause that is the cause of Arab liberation.

As an example, Scheuer brings up how the extraordinary problem that we pushed Obama to go on TV and say – I will never be a Muslim.
Scheuer says flatly – “I would better be inclined to kill Bin Laden then talk to him.”

Scheuer advocates a US disengagement from the Middle East, and says “if it was not for the oil, why should we care what they do when we leave?”… “Iran is in effect more of a participatory democracy then any of our allies in the Middle East.”

Scheuer’s main point is that if we did not care for their oil we really have no reason to care about them, and the US Republic has no business in spreading democracy.
The US is in business to do what is good for its people – fighting for oil, and being dependent on oil, is not good for the American people. We pay with blood for this dependence.

The Administration could have saved us a lot of problems in the last years with one bullet to Saddam’s head.


Scheuer wants the Restoration of our ability to decide when to fight and when not to fight. In that case we would not invest ourselves in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait.

So, let us say bravo Michael Scheuer – we always thought that real conservatives will want to see US independence of oil. And here is very important to note that Scheuer does not send us to drill in the Arctic or in the off-shore waters. The realist he is he knows that all that talk is hog-wash. He kept repeating INVEST IN ALTERNATIVES TO OIL. he never said just Middle East oil because he knows oil is fungible and as long as we remain dependent on oil we will remain dependent on Middle East oil.

As we posted this article before the 2008 elections – our original  ending is as follows and I leave it unchanged. Nevertheless, but now in January 2012 I make the only further  suggestion – please substitute Mitt Romney – or whatever Republican who survives their Party’s grueling trail of tears – to the article’s 2008 name John McCain.

Mind please that Sceuer said this at an institute that is frequented by the oil industry – that in Washington is part of the overpowering oil lobby. Ambassador Chamberlin was obviously compelled to note that any idea expressed at the meeting is personal, and not institutional. But then let us note that the Jamestown Foundation has also political power when it comes to US Presidential preferences.

We know where Obama stands on the issue, but what will McCains final stand be on the issue?

If he does not express clear – No Oil – Thank You – ideas, these Conservatives might find former Congressman Barr much more to the point. So, was this the thank you note from Ralph Nader to the 2008 elections? This Nader spells Barr.

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