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State Dept merged with Big Business interests a long time ago

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Submitted by patricia kimball (United States), Aug 10, 2004 at 16:06

State Dept 'Arabists' (predominantly members of an East Coast establishment/ WASP elite accustomed to living abroad as high-status diplomats, with their servants & private school bills & retirement paid by US taxpayers) recognized Iraq as a potential goldmine and, in 1985, organized a "US-Iraq Business Forum" (of course, better us than the French--who are 100% entrenched & fighting us for the sake of hegemony there--but still...) The State Dept does not represent the interests of the US or its citizens but, rather, represented its own business interests, along with those of Hunt Oil, GM, Westinghouse, etc. (to the tune of $3.6 billion in 1989 per US News & World Report), until the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

There is no reason whatsoever to think that anything different is going on between the State Dept & Saudi Arabia at this time.

As for "experts" interviewed on PBS, CNN, etc., and at various fora, they are typically said State Dept types perhaps identified as former ambassadors; their business connections/interests are never mentioned.
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