Chuck Hagel’s Saudi Connection

In the spring of 2010, Chuck Hagel was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of Chevron. There is no American oil company with more intimate connections than Chevron, which created ARAMCO before the Saudis took it over. But the Saudis didn’t just take over ARAMCO, they control Chevron indirectly through oil.

Chevron is one of Saudi Arabia’s largest purchasers of crude and its access to Saudi oil fields is a big chunk of its business model. Tofiq Al-Gabsani, the president of Saudi Refining, a subsidiary of ARAMCO, sits on the board of the American Petroleum Institute. And the situation goes back a while.

Driven by oil revenues, the Arab lobby’s leverage in affecting American policy was demonstrated in early 1973 when Mobil published a pro-Arab advertorial in The New York Times. In July of that year, the chairman of Standard Oil of California (now called Chevron) distributed a letter asking the company’s 40,000 employees and 262,000 stockholders to pressure their elected representatives to support “the aspirations of the Arab people.”

When another Arab-Israeli war broke out in October 1973, the chairmen of the ARAMCO partners issued a memorandum warning the White House against increasing its military aid to Israel.

Hagel would not be the first cabinet member to have served on Chevron’s board. That is unfortunately a longstanding practice which reveals just how much control the Saudi Lobby has over America.

  • Abe Bird
  • SuicidePrevention

    "Hagel would not be the first cabinet member to have served on Chevron’s board."
    George P. Shultz (Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State from 1982–1989)
    Condoleezza Rice George W. Bush's National Security Advisor + Secretary of State
    both were on the Chevron Board of Directors.
    Any others?
    Are you suggesting that there is something fishy about the incestuous corporation-government revolving door?
    Where should government officials come from?

    • Anatoly

      A simple answer to your question: our government officials should come directly from Saudi Arabia, bypassing the Congress and Senate!

  • AdinaK

    Not unlike many of the power brokers in Washington, Hagel is in bed with Islamists. While some conduct their financial business through sitting on boards, others have other means of connections.

    In any case, this is of piece with many Washington players, unable to separate themselves from the cash cows which enrich them –

    Selling oneself, and ones country, to the devil, not unlike Gore's deal with Al Jazerra.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • SuicidePrevention

    "Hagel would not be the first cabinet member to have served on Chevron’s board."
    George Shultz was in Nixon's cabinet and Secretary of State under Reagan.
    Condi Rice was George W Bush's National Security Advisor and then Sec. of State.
    Both were members of Chevron's Board of Directors.

  • Anamah

    Well… he did not said a word about the Arab Lobby he works for… As all Barry's buddies, he will find the fast track to our helplessness. These guys are so anti Americans as anti Israel. Incredible, quietly as lambs we are going to plunge into the abyss.

  • bob e

    we are in for it, big time..

  • israebest

    SuicidePrevention ; · Two main differences between George Shultz and Chuck Hagel: 1) Schultz never expressed so starkly anti-Israeli or pro-Islamic opinions 2) Republican Schultz worked for a Republican administration.