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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:14 PM
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US staying the course for Big Oil in Iraq
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HL14Ak01.html

Washington at large and President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in particular may apply every contortionist trick in the geopolitical book to save their skins in Iraq - and the reasons are not entirely political.

In addition to the recently released report by the Iraq Study Group, any other Washington establishment report - Pentagon, State Department, think-tanks - considered by the White House cannot deviate from much of the ISG. There can be no firm timeline for a complete US withdrawal because it all depends on Iraq's new oil law being passed and US troops being able to defend Big Oil's investment.

Once again, it's the oil. The Bush-Cheney system by all accounts went to Iraq to grab those fabulous reserves. The only way for an overall solution to the Iraqi tragedy would be for the Bush administration to give up the oil - with no preconditions, turning the US into an honest broker. Realpolitik practitioners know this is not going to happen.

Instead, the ISG is explicitly in favor of privatizing Iraq's oil industry - to the benefit of Anglo-American Big Oil - after the impending passage of a new oil law that was initially scheduled to be passed this month by the Iraqi Parliament.

For Big Oil, the new oil law is the holiest of holies: once the exploitation of Iraq's fabulous resources is in the bag, "security" is just a minor detail. Enter the ISG's much-hyped provision of US troops remaining in Iraq until an unclear date to protect not the Iraqi population, but Big Oil's supreme interests. This is really what ISG co-head James Baker means by "responsible transition".

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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:17 PM
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1. I expected about as much. Shuffling the moran to photo-op after photo-op,
on some sort of a "fact finding" mission, when ass the facts have been found long ago was the stupidest and most thinly veiled tripe I've seen in... well, in at least a month from this bunch.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:20 PM
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2. I wonder why the Iraqi government is stalling?
Don't they want to privatize their #1 resource for the benefit of Big Oil?
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:42 PM
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3. You can bet your boots that the Chinese are actively courting
the Iraqi's for that oil.
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:07 PM
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4. BLING, BLING...
BLING!!! YOU BETCHA IT'S THE OIL STUPID! OUR FINEST MEN & WOMEN DYING FOR GREED AND PROFITS....STOP THE MADNESS!!
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:08 PM
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5. this is why
he must be impeached.
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:10 PM
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6. ABSOLUTELY BABY!....
HOW MANY MORE CRIMES DO THESE BASTARDS NEED TO COMMIT BEFORE WE CONSIDER IMPEACHMENT...GOOD LORD, STOP THE MADNESS!!
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