Thursday, March 01, 2007

"The Country Swims On a Sea of Oil"

On Monday, February 26, 2007, the Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft law to manage the country's vast oil industry. Paul Wolfowitz said in 2003, "Iraq is a country that swims on a sea of oil" when questioned about why we were treating North Korea differently than Iraq.

It's looking more and more like “the sea of oil” is the only reason we invaded Iraq. If that’s the case, the Bush administration never was concerned about the kind of conditions that exist over in Iraq or whether we establish a democracy, as long as this war opens the doors to big international oil companies,offers profitable contracts, and gives Bush and friends’ power to run the industry.

The grueling conditions in Iraq may benefit the administration because it gives the Iraqis little chance to attentively and carefully come to a decision most advantageous to their country. It’s very possible that the Bush administration did foresee the present circumstances and that it was all part of the plan.

James Ridgeway, from Mother Jones, in his article, Iraqi Oil Agreement Reveals the True Winners in Iraq, explains why the current Iraqi oil deal is really a facade. The oil deal appears to be fair because oil revenues will be divided among the Iraqis based on population, but what is not so evident is that this law allows for foreign companies to enter and assume control.

If "Big Oil" is/was the reason we went to war in the first place and is the reason we continue to throw billions of dollars at what looks like a hopeless endeavor, "we" are winning or have already won the war as far as achieving what George Bush and friends set out to do.

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