In what is practically a dictionary definition of Conflict of Interest, Retired General, Chevron Board Member and President of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, James L. Jones was chosen to give a report on Israeli tensions with Fatah terrorists in the West Bank. Now word is that the report will be negative, though why anyone would expect a man who is set to join the board of directors of one of the world's largest oil companies to do anything but issue a report blasting Israel baffles me.
The James L. Jones story gets much dirtier when you consider that he was appointed to his post by Condoleeza Rice, who even wanted him to become her Deputy Secretary of State. Condoleeza Rice is herself a former Chevron board member and even had a Chevron oil tanker named after her. This is yet another illustration of the revolving door between the energy industry and the diplomatic corps.
Chevron is of course closely tied to Saudi Arabia. In his Saudi speech, Chevron's Vice Chairman called for "energy interdependence" with Middle Eastern oil producing countries, rather than energy independence. Anyone who seriously thinks therefore that James L. Jones has any credibility in his role at the Institute for 21st Century Energy in its stated mission of moving America off the gasoline teat, is living in a fantasy world. The same goes for anyone who thinks James L. Jones has any credibility in his role in investigating Israel. Having a major oil company board member whose corporation is beholden to the Saudis investigate Israel is like having the mob investigate the NYPD.
The ugly reality is that the people in charge have no interest in change. The oil companies or the State Department both represent the Dhimmi Arabist wing of the United States piling political influence and billions of dollars behind backing Islamic appeasement, and doing what the Saudis want. James L. Jones who has received a medal from Saudi Arabia for the billions of dollars spent and lives protecting the Saudis from Saddam is a perfect choice because his military record belies his current employment and gives him credibility that people like Chevron's Vice Chairman don't have.
It remains in the interests of the Saudis to focus negative attention on Israel, not only because of their natural hatred for the region's only non-Muslim state, but because it diverts attention from Saudi Arabia's own crimes and their role in stirring up trouble and terrorism in the region and around the world.
Saudi Arabia must prompt its tools to continue emphasizing the few billion Israel receives in annual aid, otherwise they might ask about the hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives the US has lost because of Saudi Arabia. They must emphasize AIPAC, because otherwise they might begin looking at Saudi oil and its influence on American politics.
This report from James L. Jones will be nothing more than another sad chapter in the oil industry's deliberate obstruction of the War on Terror and their promotion of Islamic appeasement.