Friday :: Jan 16, 2004

Guess Who Had Major Role In Bush Space Initiative?

by Steve

Guess who benefits the most from Bush’s newfound interest in space? If you said defense and aerospace firms, you win the prize.

Guess which firm helped with the proposal and would benefit? If you said Halliburton, take another prize.

As an example of private industry's hunger for a Mars mission, Steve Streich, a veteran Halliburton scientific adviser, was among the authors of an article in Oil & Gas Journal in 2000 titled "Drilling Technology for Mars Research Useful for Oil, Gas Industries." The article called a Mars exploration program "an unprecedented opportunity for both investigating the possibility of life on Mars and for improving our abilities to support oil and gas demands on Earth," because technology developed for the mission could be used on this planet.

An industry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the oil and gas industry, including Halliburton, would benefit considerably from technology that was developed for drilling on Mars, including the tools, the miniaturization, the drilling mechanism, the robotic systems and the control systems.

Guess which administration official, fresh from his lies and lack of competence in developing and implementing the Iraq war and aftermath, somehow had the time to work on the space initiative? Stephen (“what do you mean the Niger story was false?”) Hadley, Condi’s Number Two, whom she obviously didn’t need to help her manage post-war Iraq policy.

Administration officials scoffed at the idea that Halliburton had anything to do with the development of the space policy, which was headed by Bush's domestic policy adviser, Margaret Spellings, and Stephen Hadley, the deputy national security adviser.

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