Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sara Palin as his Republican running mate may have more to do with Alaska than Governor Palin. Sen. McCain praised her ability to fight corruption and entrenched bureaucracy. He cited her work with grass roots organizations and her ability to understand working class people. Gov. Palin described herself as just an ordinary “hockey mom” and active PTA member living with her family in Alaska. It is interesting to note that her husband, Todd Palin, is a production operator in oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska.
Palin’s nomination may have more to do with her oil involvement than the excitement over the choice of a woman. In addition, Alaska is militarily strategic to a confrontation with Russia. Sen. McCain’s selection of Gov. Palin came at the same time that Vice President Dick Cheney was traveling to the Caucasus to address Russia’s invasion of Georgia. Russia is attempting to gain control over the Caspian and Central Asian oil pipeline. The U.S. is trying to orchestrate an alternative oil export route that crosses the Caucasus Mountains and bypasses Russia. The U.S. has offered Georgia about $1 billion dollars in aide against Russia.
The U.S., Britain and Israel seek to control enough of the oil reserves in Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America in an attempt to undermine the economic strength of OPEC. Russia has made a move against Georgia to insure Russia’s interest in the oil market. As Alaska’s governor, Ms. Palin championed a law that licensed TransCanada Alaska to build a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope to Canada. Expected to be completed in 10 years, it would be the largest construction project in the history of America. The project involves moving some 4.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Ms. Palin also created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure.
McCain is obsessed with war. This obsession is directly related to the strong possibility that he suffers from PTSD. If elected president Sen. McCain is certain to threaten military action against Russia. In that event, Alaska is strategically located near Russia. During the Paleolithic Period, sometime between 16,000 and 10,000 B.C., Asian families moved into northwestern North America across the Bering Land Bridge in western Alaska. Alaska is so close to Russia that the Asiatic groups walked across the Bering Land Bridge into what is now western Alaska. Of course the Bering Strait was dry at that time.
At the time of European contact with Alaska by the Russian explorers, the area was populated by Alaska Native groups. The first European contact with Alaska occurred in 1741. Vitus Bering led an expedition for the Russian Navy aboard the St. Peter. Hence, the name Bering Strait. The first permanent European settlement was founded in 1784, and the Russian-America Company carried out expanded colonization program during the early to mid-1800s. The Europeans created tensions and perpetrated genocide against the native aborigines. Hostages were taken, individuals were enslaved, families were split up, and other individuals were forced to leave their villages and settle elsewhere. Over the years, the situation became catastrophic. Eighty percent of the Aleut Indian population was destroyed by European diseases, against which they had no immunity, during the first two generations of Russian contact.
William H. Seward, the U.S. Secretary of State, transacted the Alaska purchase from the Russians in 1867 for $7.2 million. In the 1890s, gold rushes in Alaska and the nearby Yukon Territory brought thousands of miners and settlers to Alaska. Alaska was granted territorial status in 1912.The construction of military bases contributed to the population growth of some Alaskan cities. As a result Alaska was granted statehood on January 3, 1959.The 1968 discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay and the 1977 completion of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline led to an oil boom. Today, the battle between philosophies of development and conservation is seen in the contentious debate over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The purchase of Alaska has resulted in the United States having more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia. The wells have been drilled, it’s merely a matter of turning on the faucets to supply America’s needs for 200 years. However, immediately after this massive discovery, the federal government, under the influence of the oil tycoons ordered the rigs to be capped and oil production shut down.
Alaskan oil would make the United States completely independent of oil imports. The Alaskan pipeline can be permitted to run at full capacity. In addition, the Department of Energy can allow a new pipeline to be built across Canada and connected to the existing system in the United States. Of course a decreased supply of oil would result in reduced profits. A Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee investigated to no avail. The cover-up has extended through four presidential administrations and is likely to continue with the help of Palin.
American’s political/economic interest has not changed. Oil was the real reason America invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Oil is the reason America is planning to invade Iran. Don’t forget the “axis of evil” included Iraq, Iran and Korea. The major oil pipelines flow out of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israeli occupied land. Israel is seeking to bypass Syria and Lebanon to acquire Caspian Sea oil and to establish a Trans-Israel pipeline to its port city. Hence, Israel and Turkey wish to control the coastline as America and Israel make plans to attack Syria and Iran. America, in a bait and switch sham, is now justifying invading Iran under the guise that Iran is endangering American troops by supporting and supplying arms to the so-called insurgents. Keep in mind there was no legitimate reason for the invasion, no WMDs. Iran is now being threatened because Iran has developed a plan to compete with New York’s NYMEX and London’s IPE with respect to international oil trading. This is seen as an encroachment on U.S. dollar supremacy in the international oil market.
Don’t be deceived, the current focus on Alaska is also about “oil.”