Amateurs

by Nathan Hamm on 6/5/2005 · 1 comment

Oh what a fool I’ve been about all this Uzbekistan stuff. Might as well close up shop. Because, you see, it turns out that when George Bush was Governor of Texas back in 1997, he received a faxed letter from Enron detailing their interest in signing a natural gas export deal with Uzbek Neftegas and Gazprom. Ken Lay mentioned that the deal would be good for Texas and hinted that he’d like Bush to put in a good word when he met with Sadyq Safaev.

I suppose the fellows behind the site hosting the letter feel this proves that there’s been a nearly decade-long plan to let anything slide so long as we get all that precious gas.

Makes perfect sense.

Except that Enron’s been, ummmm, preoccupied with non-Uzbek gas exporting issues for much of Bush’s presidency. And that Gazprom has a very long-term deal on this matter. And all this stuff.


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Tim Newman June 6, 2005 at 6:38 am

Heh! No doubt if Enron hadn’t collapsed there would be US nodding donkeys all over Uzbekistan. Prove there wouldn’t!

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