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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:50 PM
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Saudis Pledged Oil Price Cut Before U.S. Vote
Saudis Pledged Oil Price Cut Before U.S. Vote

April 18 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, promised President Bush the Saudis would cut oil prices before November to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day, journalist Bob Woodward said in a television interview on Sunday.

In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" about his new book "Plan of Attack" on the Bush administration's preparations for the Iraq war, Woodward, a senior editor at the Washington Post, said Prince Bandar pledged the Saudi's would try to fine-tune oil prices to prime the U.S. economy for the election -- a move they understood would favor Bush's re-election.

Questioned about his assertion at a time when oil prices are nearing a 13-year high, Woodward responded:

"They're high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer or as we get closer to the election they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly."

It was not clear from the interview precisely when Prince Bandar's pledge was allegedly made.

more: http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040418_187.html
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:52 PM
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1. How very...........considerate of the Saudis
to assist their partner in crime
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:13 PM
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8. He helped the Bin Ladin family escape Boston
Thugs all of them
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atre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 03:05 AM
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19. BINGO
I was wondering what the House of Saud was getting out of this deal... I think you've nailed it. In fact, I think Bush probably secured his promise to do this before he would agree to fly them out.
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:56 PM
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2. dupe
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 05:58 PM by pbl
I'll post my comments in the other thread.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:59 PM
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4. Would be nice to know where the other thread is.
eom
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:00 PM
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5. off my game today
usually catch dupes before I post them. Sorry mods - please lock.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:59 PM
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3. just found this story - seems to be a perfect compliment .. maybe part of
the pledge?

Gasoline prices hit record high

Motorists paying $1.80 a gallon, AAA reports

NEW YORK - The average retail price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States has hit a record $1.80, the U.S. motorists group AAA said over the weekend.

With six weeks to go until the start of the peak U.S. summer driving season and gasoline futures trading at all-time highs this week, the government has warned that the nation's 200 million drivers will soon be paying even more.

The AAA said the national average for self-serve regular rose to $1.803 per gallon, which is about 22 cents higher than they were this time last year.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has said the highest prices this year are likely to be seen later in April or in May. The EIA said that in addition, the U.S. gasoline supply system remains susceptible to "severe" sudden price spikes if refineries or pipeline have problems this summer.

more: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4772601/
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w13rd0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:34 PM
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6. So, are US citizens going to let Islamic extremists and wahabbists <sp>...
...decide our elections and re-select Bush? Seriously, if they can use this line of flawed logic, why can't we turn it around on them. I've been given NO evidence or reason to believe that Bush isn't working in the interests of the House of Saud. He and bin Laden are two sides to a very oily coin...
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legin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:49 PM
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7. That could be a 'hint' from the White House
via one of their little 'journalist' tools.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 02:47 AM
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18. THANK you.
I thought I was the only one who remembered that Woodward started off doing intel work for the government and is likely a MOCKINGBIRD asset.

If he's telling us something, it's usually not the full truth.

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gatlingforme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:16 PM
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9. This man will broker any deal to get re-elected
Bush is a real lunatic
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Snellius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:19 PM
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10. Just like megacorps will hire just before November
to make the job market look like it's improving along with corporate profits. And by Christmas they'll all be gone.
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RDANGELO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:33 PM
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11. If the Saudis are intending to help *bush
, it looks like there timing is off to me. Just as it looked like the economy might start producing a substantial amount of jobs, the gas prices shot Thru the roof. This could kill the jobs recovery. I see two main issues that would beat *bush , lack of jobs creation and instability in Iraq. If they don't get steady jobs creation Through the summer, the *bushies are in trouble. Maybe the Saudis are stabbing junior in the back because of his inability to stabilize Iraq or they think that they might be next in line for invasion.
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Toby109 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:40 PM
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12. Payback for the 28 redacted pages?
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:41 PM
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13. hmmm terrorist nations effecting elections
They did that in spain and the wing nuts cried like little Bitc_es with skinned knees.
I wonder how they feel about Saudis messing with our election???
I bet we wont hear one conservanazi peep from the chicken hawk conservanazis
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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:04 PM
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14. What a bunch of fascists.
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:09 PM
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15. bushco stacking the deck -- bet they asked OPEC for the inflated prices
Nothing is beneath these scum, they are true villains, in the spirit of Batista and D'Aubisson.
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:16 PM
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16. Are we getting a little too close here?
OMG.

And they get in return?????



http://www.wgoeshome.com
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 02:43 AM
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17. kick
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