Apparently, some seem to have chosen their favourite to face Barack Obama in the presidential election in November 2012. They seem to like Texas Governor Rick Perry. You might consider his appearance on the American political stage unexpected and random, if you didn’t know some of the facts and circumstances of his political career. For quite some time, a powerful group of Texas oil barons have thought that Rick Perry’s their best bet. When they placed George W Bush in the Texas Governor’s chair in the ‘90s, Rick Perry was his Lieutenant Governor. After Bush won the US presidential election in 2000, Rick Perry took his place in the governor’s mansion in Austin, and, now, for eleven years, he’s headed one of the richest states in America. His many years of personal friendship and cooperation with George Bush, his team, and his supporters is a major asset to Rick Perry’s ambitious plans, as it gives him support from right-wing “conservative” circles in the Republican Party.
The toxic US economy is working against Barack Obama; its effects have dogged his term in office. Largely, the policies of the Bush-Cheney administration caused most of the current American economic troubles, their arms race sapped economic strength; yet, they started a disastrous and botched war in Iraq, whilst simultaneously miring the US in a costly and futile conflict in Afghanistan. However, GOP leaders refuse to take the blame for their contribution to the astronomical national debt and unsustainable fiscal deficit; they used the falling poll numbers of President Obama in relation to the present economic turmoil as a pawn in their pre-election game, betting the farm on the same old Bush team.
The ambitions of the Texas energy oligarchs play a significant role in this turn of events. In the past, the élite often placed “their crowd” in the White House, but the temporarily weakened condition of the banks and Wall Street allows the oil cartel to make a bid for power in Washington. After all, Texas parvenus did it in the past. After the still unsolved murder of President John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas politician Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) took over, during whose presidency Texas oil business profits increased greatly. Later, Washington was in the hands of the Bush dynasty, George Sr and George Jr, who also made enormous fortunes in the oil business in Texas.
It’s well to remember that the smell of oil pervades American foreign policy. It mushroomed during the presidency of George H W Bush; in the winter of 1991, he sent the US military after the Iraqi oil Eldorado, and his son and heir George W Bush began a military adventure in 2003 in the same long-suffering Iraq under trumped-up pretexts, without a UN mandate. The current wave of revolution in the Arab East threatens the interests of American oil companies. They need to guarantee the sources of their huge profits, they want to share out Libya’s oil wealth with their friends, and they want to secure the sea lanes over which the oil flows. It’s hardly coincidental that the Texas oil companies are trying to push their puppet into the American political limelight; they’re using the Republican Party, a long and regular lackey of the American monopolies, to put their man in Washington in the White House.
16 September 2011
A View from Moscow
Voice of Russia World Service