As the resident apologist for the mushy middle and the MSM, I remember saying in the nascent days of the invasion of Iraq that it wasn't entirely about oil.
I was unwavering in my opposition to the invasion, and knew that BushCo was purposely misleading the country, but I thought it was too simplistic to think that our leaders would send young Americans to Iraq to die for oil. "They may have no conscience," I'd say, "and they're liars, but they're not stupid."
Well, I was wrong. It was about oil. And they are stupid. But I was right about the other stuff like the lies. And the lack of conscience. Toss in corrupt and greedy while you're at it. And where's Don Rumsfeld these days anyway?
(I dunno, but read on anyway.)
A recent article in the NYTimes about no-bid oil contracts in Iraq being awarded to the four biggies who controlled the oil fields before Saddam threw them out 36 years ago, slipped right by Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" and all the other pretentious pundits as well. But hey, they were busy pumping up the perceived sniping between Michelle and Cindy, c'mon peeps, they have to cover the news. (And I'm going on record right here and now saying that I find Cindy McCain totally creepy.)
Read the article if you haven't. It starts like this:
Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell and Total are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.
The deals, expected to be announced on June 30, will lay the foundation for the first commercial work for the major companies in Iraq since the American invasion, and open a new and potentially lucrative country for their operations.
The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India. The contracts, which would run for one to two years and are relatively small by industry standards, would nonetheless give the companies an advantage in bidding on future contracts in a country that many experts consider to be the best hope for a large-scale increase in oil production.
Duh, it's about the oil, stupid. And where's Ahmed Chalabi these days anyway?