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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 10:29 AM
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Noam Chomsky: Bush & Cheney Always Saw Iraq as a Sweetheart Oil Deal
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Chomsky: Bush & Cheney Always Saw Iraq as a Sweetheart Oil Deal

By Noam Chomsky, Khaleej Times Online. Posted July 12, 2008.

U.S. war planners want an obedient client state that will house major U.S. military bases, right at the heart of the world's major energy reserves.




The deal just taking shape between Iraq's Oil Ministry and four Western oil companies raises critical questions about the nature of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq -- questions that should certainly be addressed by presidential candidates and seriously discussed in the United States, and of course in occupied Iraq, where it appears that the population has little if any role in determining the future of its country.

Negotiations are under way for Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP -- the original partners decades ago in the Iraq Petroleum Company, now joined by Chevron and other smaller oil companies -- to renew the oil concession they lost to nationalization during the years when the oil producers took over their own resources. The no-bid contracts, apparently written by the oil corporations with the help of U.S. officials, prevailed over offers from more than 40 other companies, including companies in China, India and Russia.

"There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract," Andrew E. Kramer wrote in the New York Times.

Kramer's reference to "suspicion" is an understatement. Furthermore, it is highly likely that the military occupation has taken the initiative in restoring the hated Iraq Petroleum Company, which, as Seamus Milne writes in the U.K. Guardian, was imposed under British rule to "dine off Iraq's wealth in a famously exploitative deal."

Later reports speak of delays in the bidding. Much is happening in secrecy, and it would be no surprise if new scandals emerge.

The demand could hardly be more intense. Iraq contains perhaps the second-largest oil reserves in the world, which are, furthermore, very cheap to extract: no permafrost or tar sands or deep-sea drilling. For U.S. planners, it is imperative that Iraq remain under U.S. control, to the extent possible, as an obedient client state that will also house major U.S. military bases, right at the heart of the world's major energy reserves. ......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/91123/?ses=369d542d67...



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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 10:37 AM
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1. Great article. K&R nt
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:34 AM
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2. Cheney's secret energy policy meetings
set all this up. The dead are in the millions, the debt is in the trillions, but they are fat and happy.
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Clear Blue Sky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:52 AM
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3. And we are paying $4+/gal for gas. Great deal...NOT...
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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 12:01 PM
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4. Kick
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 02:53 PM
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5. My Transcript of the Cheney Energy Policy Meetings
Cheney -I'd like to thank you all for coming. I hope you enjoyed the Kittens Flambe'. Ok down to business. Item 1: Stay out of New York this September 11th.

CoalBoss - Stay out of New York? What for?

Cheney - Don't ask questions, just do what I fucking tell you. Item 2: Stay out of the Pentagon this September 11th. Item 3: Avoid air travel this coming September 11th.

GasBoss - Um..Mr. Chairman, er, I mean Mr. Vice President? I thought this meeting was going to be about increasing oil revenues.

Cheney - Shut the fuck up.

GasBoss - Ok.

Cheney - Where was I? Hey, hand me another kitten and some of that Ranch dressing (nom nom nom). Ok. Item 4: You need to start stockpiling equipment suitable for desert liquid resource extraction. Item 5: Hire as many Arab speakers as you can find.

Ken Lay - Hey Big Dick. Some of my bright boys have come up with a plan to simultaneously make us HUGE profits, fuck over Gray Davis, and bring California to its knees.

Cheney - Sounds good Kenny. Lets Roll with it. Item 6: Boost your investments in the following firms: Haliburton, KBR, Blackwater, GE, Ratheon, and anyone of the top 20 defense contractors. Ok, that about wraps it up. Any questions?

OilBoss - Have we heard anything new on the Afghan pipeline? Are those Taliban bastards gonna play ball.

Cheney - Lets just say we have something in the pipeline. Hehehehehehehehe.

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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 01:18 AM
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6. There are many things those cretins want. It is time to end the capitulation and
incarcerate them for their crimes. The sentiment in this country supports that end result.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 02:22 AM
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7. k&r'd
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 02:35 AM
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8. Excellent article -- thanks. Recommend! nt
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