Peak Oil, Cuba And The Great Red DragonIn light of what has already transpired, plus what we now know, I can imagine a scenario in which Cuba became used as a "silent test study" by agents of the Money Kings (GRD). Perhaps closed meetings took place fairly soon after Marion King Hubbert made his presentations to the American Petroleum Institute in 1956. The timing of the recorded events now seem much more than coincidental.
These thoughts occurred to me while I was working on the GRD web site, and had earlier came across a very interesting article written by Dale Allen Pfeiffer. (See references.)
Perhaps it went down like this:
At a GRD meeting which took place shortly after the 1956 API Peak Oil meeting, someone says:
"Well now, since Peak Oil IS going to be the case in 20 or 30 years, just how would ordinary folks get on with their lives? And what would WE have to do in order to protect our 'vital interests' and continue to 'govern' and 'control' things, as we have for over 300 years?"
A second person says:
"Perhaps a silent-study-group and evaluation would be appropriate. A live social experiment, unknown to all participants, so that their decisions and actions take place in a real environment, with minimal outside contamination. I'm sure there'll be a lot of yelling and screaming; people will get hurt, many will die, many will suffer. But does not our 'needs' justify the means? We'll be able to see what transpires, what's needed, what's the cost, and what "security measures" are necessary. It would give us plenty of time, to plan these things out correctly, to continue our goals."
Someone then says:
"Hey, I've got an idea! We could use a big island! One that's easily observable; one we already tightly control. I remember hearing that a man named Castro, uh, Fidel Castro, has been spouting off nationalist critiques of Batista and United States. He had even led a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks back in 1953. They captured him, tried him, and incarcerated him with a sentence of 15 years. But he was let out a year ago, some kind of amnesty, and I've heard he went straight to Mexico. Lately, Fidel and his group have even been seeking funds and arms in the United States. Our Russian interests have been ignoring his solicitations."
A third person joins in:
"Hey, you know what! That guy, Carlos what's-his-name? You know, that guy that used to be our agent until Batista seemed a better fit, uhmmm, you know, back in '52."
Someone mentions a name.
The third person resumes:
"Yeah, that's who I'm thinking of, Carlos Prío Socarrás. Yeah, we could use him to funnel our money to that Fidel guy and make it all happen so nobody's the wiser. We could care less if Fidel gets the credit. And besides, since he'll have no where else to get more funds, we'll be in complete control anyway. Even Fidel doesn't have to know exactly where the funds come from. Let him think it's his friends. I'm sure we'll have to step in from time-to-time to make sure there's no interference in our efforts. Heck, we'll even leave the US naval base on the eastern tip of the island for real-time surveillance and feedback."
The Chairman, with a big grin, then says,
"Yeah, I like it! ... Yeah! It's do-able ... All in favor?"
The rest is documented and easily accessible. Perhaps this is why the U.S. invades Iraq, Afghanistan, but still leaves Cuba alone. Perhaps that's why Kennedy "decided", at the last minute, not to provide air support for the Bay of Pigs. Who knows! The experiment must continue. And as of today, it still does. With quite interesting results. Especially in the context of Peak Oil.
Hmmm. Well, what do YOU think? Email here.
Edward Ulysses Cate
- The Hubbert peak theory, also known as "peak oil" and Hubbert's peak, concerns the long-term rate of extraction and depletion in conventional petroleum and other fossil fuels.
- It is named after American geophysicist Marion King Hubbert, who created a model of known oil reserves, and proposed, in a paper he presented to the American Petroleum Institute in 1956, that production of oil from conventional sources would peak in the continental United States between 1965 and 1970, and worldwide within "about half a century" from publication.
- The presentation was made by Hubbert, M.K. (1956). Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels. It was presented at the Spring Meeting of the Southern District, American Petroleum Institute (API), Plaza Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, March 7-8-9, 1956.
- Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba.
- He held the title of Prime Minister from 1959, after commanding the revolution that overthrew Fulgencio Batista, until 1976 when he became president of the Council of State as well as the Council of Ministers.
- Castro first attracted attention [early 1950s] in Cuban political life through his nationalist critiques of Batista and United States corporate and political influence in Cuba.
- He gained an ardent, but limited, following and also drew the attention of the authorities.
- He eventually led the failed 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, after which he was captured, tried, incarcerated and later released.
- He then traveled to Mexico to organize and train for the guerrilla invasion of Cuba that turned out to take place in December 1956.
- Since regular contacts with a KGB agent named Nikolai Sergeevich Leonov in Mexico City had not resulted in the hoped for weapon supply, they decided to go to the United States to gather personnel and funds from Cubans living there, including Carlos Prío Socarrás, the elected Cuban president deposed by Batista in 1952.
- On November 26, 1956, Castro and his group of 82 exiles returned to Cuba for the purpose of starting a rebellion, sailing from Tuxpan on the now famous yacht Granma.
- The rebels landed in Los Cayuelos near the eastern city of Manzanillo on December 2, 1956. In short order most of Castro's men were killed, dispersed, or taken prisoner by Batista's men.
- The survivors, who were undoubtedly aided by people in the countryside, included Che Guevara, Raúl Castro, and Camilo Cienfuegos. They regrouped in the Sierra Maestra in Oriente province and organized a column under Castro's command.
- A journalist, Herbert Matthews from the New York Times, came to interview him in the Sierra Maestra, attracting interest to Castro's cause in the United States. The NY Times front page stories by Matthews presented Castro as a romantic and appealing revolutionary, bearded and dressed in rumpled fatigues.
- Castro and Matthews were followed by the TV crew of Andrew Saint George, said to be a CIA contact person.
Cuba - A Hope: by Dale Allen Pfeiffer
FTW Energy Editor
December 1, 2003, 1600 PDT, (FTW)
Two statements from Pfeiffer's very interesting article:
"Prior to the 1959 revolution, there was one word to describe Cuba: inequity. Only 8% of the farmers controlled 70% of the land. U.S. interests controlled most of the Cuban economy, including most of the large plantations, a controlling interest in the sugar production, the mining industry, oil refineries, electrical utilities, the communications system, and many of the banks."
"Cuba has a large percentage of scientists, engineers and doctors in its population. With only 2% of the population of Latin America, Cuba holds 11% of the scientists in all of Latin America. Even before the crisis provoked by the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban scientists had begun exploring alternatives to fossil fuel-based agriculture. Research into ecological agriculture began back in the 1980s. By the time of the crisis, a system of regional research institutes, training centers and extension services was in place to quickly disseminate information to farmers. And finally, the Cuban government had social programs in place to support farmers and the population through the crisis and the transition into ecological agriculture."
© 2006 by Edward Ulysses Cate