Is Standing Rock the New Middle East?

Recently I criticized two videos ( However their claim of a Bush connection to the pipeline phenomenon inspired me to do some research. I knew oil was a tool of the world’s ruling corporations but I’ve always pictured the geopolitical battlefield somewhere in the Middle East. I suppose it was inevitable that it would eventually come home.

The Bushes are not usually listed in industry articles about the pipelines. The fact that the most disputed pipelines of our time, Keystone XL and Dakota Access, will end up in Port Arthur, Texas, the location of the biggest oil refinery in the United States owned by Bush ally Saudi Arabia, is suspicious, but it’s circumstantial evidence. In 2016, Saudi Arabia became the sole owner of the Port Arthur refinery when it ended its relationship with its former partner, Royal Dutch Shell. 1. [Clifford Krauss, Texas Refinery Is Saudi Foothold in U.S. Market, The New York Times, Apr. 4, 2013. Available:]

A Bush/Saudi connection to the pipelines is counterintuitive. By most accounts Aramco only refines Saudi oil. The Saudis are even said to be fighting the American fracking industry in order to assure a continuing market for Saudi oil. Still, it’s a little disturbing to see that Saudi Arabia has recently upgraded its refinery to process Bakken-type crude, and that certain interests in the U.S. seem to really want the Saudis here. According to Wikileaks, the United States government helped quash lawsuits against the Saudis in 2007 for alleged price-fixing because the Saudis threatened to pull out of their investment in the Port Arthur refinery.

The political persuasion of those who are willing to ignore the Saudi manipulation of the oil market is not counterintuitive however. The so-called NOPEC bill, which would have subjected OPEC producers to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow was passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in 2007 but blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. In May of 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices. The White House under President George W. Bush said it would veto the measure but it failed to get through a Senate vote. Reuters. 1. [Richard Mably, Exclusive-Saudi asked U.S. to stop oil lawsuits-Wikileaks, Reuters, Feb. 9, 2011. Available:]

If you are not convinced about the Bush/Saudi connection, Bush cohorts are very visible in this phenomenon. It’s no coincidence that Dick Cheney’s is now advising Donald Trump (Remember Cheney’s secret Energy Task Force?) Haliburton is the largest oil servicing company in the Bakken shale industry. 1. [Todd Beamon, Politico: Dick Cheney Emerging as Key Trump Adviser, Newsman, Dec. 16, 2016. Available:]

In addition, Robert Crear is a lobbyist for Dakota Access and Sunoco Logistics. He formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers where he headed up the project, “Task Force: Restore Iraqi Oil’, under the George W. Bush administration. 1. [Steve Horn, Lobbyist for Dakota Access Formerly Led Arm’s Restore Iraqi Oil Program, Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2016. Available:]

These connections are just the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even mentioned the shady banks that seem to spring up around these people. You might be surprised at this. You probably think they are wealthy enough and powerful enough to work with clean banks, but you’d be wrong. Their political and economic supremacy has been achieved through fraud and theft. As the saying goes, the best way to rob a bank is to own one. In reality they’re flying by the seat of their pants, competing for world domination with allies and enemies who are no better than they are. It seems obvious that the reasonable thing to do is climb down from the pinnacle gradually, but these people are clearly not equipped to be reasonable. This is our dilemma. So what should be done?

Today I heard an argument from two different people that corporations should be reconfigured so that they do good works instead of dirty tricks. I disagree for two reasons:

1. This is more of the same old top-down baloney from a ruling class that only wants to stay in power. They’ve proved over and over again that they don’t have any answers. What is needed now is guidance and protection for the real engine of the world, the people.

2. The corporations we have now will never play a benevolent role in society. Corporations were never meant to be immortal beings with human rights. Unfortunately, although this system lacks substance and legitimacy, it could live long enough to destroy us all.

I ask Dick Cheney, the Bush family, the various global interests and their puppet Donald Trump, to be the first to forsake world domination. The course we are on will only lead to grief. Guide the world’s leaders to do likewise. Dismantle the corporations and allow the real engine of the world to go into action. Finally, stop harming the earth so that we may survive together into the next century. I urge you and the other leaders of the world to do these things while you still can. Otherwise your system will collapse under its own weight.