A report commissioned by former US Secretary of State James Baker and the Council on Foreign Relations titled, “Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century” is submitted to Vice President Cheney. “The report is linked to a veritable who's who of US hawks, oilmen and corporate bigwigs.” The report says the “central dilemma” for the US administration is that “the American people continue to demand plentiful and cheap energy without sacrifice or inconvenience.” It warns that the US is running out of oil, with a painful end to cheap fuel already in sight. It argues that “the United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma,” and that one of the “consequences” of this is a “need for military intervention” to secure its oil supply. It argues that Iraq needs to be overthrown so the US can control its oil.
[Sunday Herald, 10/05/02; Sydney Morning Herald, 12/26/02Sources:Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century]
In what may be a reference to a pipeline through Afghanistan, the report suggests the US should “Investigate whether any changes to US policy would quickly facilitate higher exports of oil from the Caspian Basin region... the exports from some oil discoveries in the Caspian Basin could be hastened if a secure, economical export route could be identified swiftly” (see also September 2000 and Spring 2001).
[Sources:Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century]
“Iraq remains a destabilizing influence to ... the flow of oil to international
markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a
willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export
program to manipulate oil markets. This would display his personal power,
enhance his image as a pan-Arab leader and pressure others for a lifting of
economic sanctions against his regime. The United States should conduct an
immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and
political/diplomatic assessments. The United States should then develop an
integrated strategy with key allies in Europe and Asia, and with key countries
in the Middle East, to restate goals with respect to Iraqi policy and to
restore a cohesive coalition of key allies...”
— April 2001
[Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century, 4/ 01, pg. 42]
“[T]he United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma, suffering on a
recurring basis from the negative consequences of sporadic energy shortages.
These consequences can include recession, social dislocation of the poorest
Americans, and at the extremes, a need for military intervention.”
— April 2001
[Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century, 4/ 01, pg. 34]