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According to Steve Coll’s latest book, “Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and
American Power,” Exxon Monbile has received  $124 million dollar in
contracts to drill 20 new oil wells in virgin fields of Iraq, said to be worth
billions of dollars in profits for the company. (DemocracyNow).
It was the Sierra Club, which took Cheney to court for his secret
meetings between the vice-president and Lee Raymond (CEO) of Exxon-
Mobile.  EM’s central location is in Texas, and Raymond and Cheney were
neighbors in Dallas, and long-time friends.  The Sierra Club took Cheney to the Supreme Court because the environmental group believed that Cheney’s oil deals with Raymond had to do with oil contracts in Iraq, serving as the main motive for expediting the Iraq War, originally named, “Operation Iraqi Liberty” or OIL.  The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cheney and the meetings were ruled to be confidential/private, and thus unavailable to the Sierra Club or public scrutiny. .(Coll interview, DemocracyNow, New York Times book review, Sierra Club vs Dick Cheney).
Since, not only has Exxon-Mobile gotten most of the oil contracts in
Iraq, the company has just bought out XTO, the largest fracking monopoly
in the United States.  Halliburton, the company for which Cheney
served 10 years as CEO, will be getting the cement casing contracts
to cement the wells of Exxon-Mobile, here and overseas in Iraq, a huge
boon for Cheney’s company.  (Extended interview, DemocracyNow!
The war-abroad-fracking-at-home scheme will lead to one of the
largest corporate “friendships”/monopolies of all-time, and just may
have proven the Sierra Club’s suspicion correct, that it was also
the ultimate trigger for our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Iran, and
It should be noted that it was Cheney who was missing in action
at the time of the 9/11 attacks.  Cheney, as vice-president, was respons-
ible for responding to airport controllers, and giving them and Norad
orders to stop the attacking planes. Cheney could not be reached for
orders for over twenty minutes, and his absence was key in why Norad
stood down and the planes reached their targets. (Film, “Flight 93”)
Coll describes ExxonMobile’s relationship to the United States as
“a country within a country, and with its own policies…It’s a state
within a state.”  Coll states that his Exxon research was the most difficult
he has ever undertaken, because “It is a corporate system of secrecy,
nondisclosure agreements, and internal secrecy.”  The company ef-
fectively shields itself through “inhouse jokes, annonymity, and the
parroting of ‘no comment’ when its actions are questioned.”  The strategy
has subsequently neutralized investigations and lawsuits.  ExxonMobile
makes $40 billion in profits anually, or about $100 million a day, while
the price at the pump escalates. (New York Times book review)–Grant