It's the Oil, Stupid

June 22, 2008 by susan
Iraq oil fields

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?

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paul miller (not verified) | June 22, 2008 - 9:16am

With Bush & Cheney everyday is opposite day, as in, "it's not about oil" (it's absolutely about oil), "anyone in my administration found leaking a CIA operative's name will be removed" (not). It's only the mainstream media that could possibly bestow any remaining legitimacy on the pathological liars that are running the country, including a fair share of dems (Hoyer, Rahm).

In reality this model (stealing resources in the name of freedom) was well established in the Viet Nam and Watergate eras - anyone who lived through the blatant lies of that era should have seen through the present lies in the lead up to this blatant oil grab, unless you willinging chose to be decieved.

"How many times must a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see?" Bob Dylan, Blowin in the Wind, 1962

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susan | June 22, 2008 - 11:01am

Apropos of nothing, other than to spritz this blog with a little fire to make up for my late life tendency to see everything in grey instead of black and white, let me point you to the blog of Lisa Wines, Politics After 50: It's never too late to get pissed off.
She posted a little rant on Barack Obama's FISA vote yesterday that's -- well, go there and read it.

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barbara says (not verified) | June 22, 2008 - 11:48am

I was too busy telling Obama I won't send him another farthing until he gets on the right side of the FISA issue to hang out here. But I am totally aligned with the over-50 dudette. And P.S., I'm sure the Obama team is devastated about my threat to withhold my widow's mite. If you don't have big bucks, you have zero clout in this country. Zero. Nada. Had I realized that, I'd have been born rich or married big money. Bwahahahahaha!

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barbara | June 22, 2008 - 8:07pm

Here's someone else who has come to the same conclusion as Susan's. Click here to read what Eric Margolis has to say.

Anyone else sick and tired of being had???

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