Washington Post's Bob Woodward: Saudi Arabia will boost oil output to help Bush win election
My prediction that Saudi inspired Muslim groups will support George Bush in
the next elections is often dismissed as alarmist speculation. However, as
the November date approaches, I am even more convinced that these groups
will do exactly what they have historically done; support the very people
who screw them.
Three things will be presented as justification to support Bush.
1. Bush is against same-sex marriages
2. Bush is religious man. He is dishing out money to Muslim groups and
intellectuals under his 'faith based initiative'
3. John Kerry is a Jew. This nonsense is already making the rounds on
Internet and e-mail lists.
If there was any doubt how the Muslim Mosque leadership will urge its
followers to vote, read what their masters, the Saudis, are up to. Bob
Woodward, one of the most respected journalists in the world, claims that
the Saudi ruling gang will enhance oil production to lower gas prices at
American pumps just in time for the election, to help Dubya.
Shame on them.
April 19, 2004: 7:09 AM EDT
Saudis said to boost oil output
No. 1 oil exporter will reportedly increase production before election in
effort to help Bush.
CNN Special Report
NEW YORK (CNN) - A top Saudi official has assured President Bush that his
country will increase oil production to lower gas prices before November to
help the president's re-election prospects, according to a broadcast report
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, discussing his new book on the
run-up to the Iraq war on CBS' '60 Minutes,' said Prince Bandar bin Sultan,
the Saudi ambassador to the United States and a long-time friend of the Bush
family, has given the pledge that "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."
Earlier this month, the Saudi ambassador publicly said his country wants to
stabilize world oil prices because of the effect a price spike might have on
economies around the world, including Saudi Arabia. He did not link the
effort to the U.S. election.
Record-high gas prices have become an issue in the presidential race between
Bush and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry.
Kerry has criticized Bush for not doing more to bring high prices under
control, while the Bush campaign has run ads noting that Kerry once
supported a 50-cent per gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax, which
would have meant even higher prices.
Amid concerns that plans by OPEC to cut oil production could raise prices
even further, Prince Bandar went to the White House April 1 to meet with
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and to deliver a message to Bush
from Crown Prince Abdullah, the de facto Saudi ruler.
Afterward, he told reporters that Saudi Arabia is committed to heading off
any shortages in the world energy market.
"We will not allow shortages in the market because that will hurt the world
economy," he said. "Saudi Arabia does not live on the moon. When the world
economy gets hurt, we get hurt also."
He also said that the president and the crown prince "have been in touch on
this subject for a while now."
"Both leaders feel strongly that higher energy prices have a negative impact
on the world economy and on the recovery of the world economy," Prince
Bandar said. "We will not allow shortage of the markets of oil in the market
to increase the prices."
The ambassador said Saudi Arabia would like to see the price of oil, which
now tops $33 a barrel, to be between $22 and $28 a barrel.
OPEC has said it plans to cut production by as much as 1 million barrels per
day in April, which would further increase prices. However, Saudi Arabia, as
OPEC's most influential member and largest producer, could thwart those