Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It's The OIL, Stupid. And It's ALWAYS BEEN About The Fucking Oil!

For all the attention it received, it is entirely possible that you were left with the idea that the ISG (Iraq Study Group) was primarily about the distribution and dispositiopnof USer troops in Iraq.

It wasn't.

Among the 79 or so recommendations of the ISG were specific and detailed proposals about what to do to be sure that the riches of Iraq would stay within the purview (and the purses) of the USer hegemons...Note, especially, the date of this report...

A centerpiece of the Iraq Study Group's report is its advocacy for securing foreign companies' long-term access to Iraqi oil fields.
By Antonia Juhasz,

(ANTONIA JUHASZ is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time." )
December 8, 2006

WHILE THE Bush administration, the media and nearly all the Democrats still refuse to explain the war in Iraq in terms of oil, the ever-pragmatic members of the Iraq Study Group share no such reticence.

Page 1, Chapter 1 of the Iraq Study Group report lays out Iraq's importance to its region, the U.S. and the world with this reminder: "It has the world's second-largest known oil reserves."

The group then proceeds to give very specific and radical recommendations as to what the United States should do to secure those reserves. If the proposals are followed, Iraq's national oil industry will be commercialized and opened to foreign firms.

The report makes visible to everyone the elephant in the room: that we are fighting, killing and dying in a war for oil. It states in plain language that the U.S. government should use every tool at its disposal to ensure that American oil interests and those of its corporations are met. It's spelled out in Recommendation No. 63, which calls on the U.S. to "assist Iraqi leaders to reorganize the national oil industry as a commercial enterprise" and to "encourage investment in Iraq's oil sector by the international community and by international energy companies."

This recommendation would turn Iraq's nationalized oil industry into a commercial entity that could be partly or fully privatized by foreign firms.

This is an echo of calls made before and immediately after the invasion of Iraq.

The U.S. State Department's Oil and Energy Working Group, meeting between December 2002 and April 2003, also said that Iraq "should be opened to international oil companies as quickly as possible after the war." Its preferred method of privatization was a form of oil contract called a production-sharing agreement. These agreements are preferred by the oil industry but rejected by all the top oil producers in the Middle East because they grant greater control and more profits to the companies than the governments. The Heritage Foundation also released a report in March 2003 calling for the full privatization of Iraq's oil sector. One representative of the foundation, Edwin Meese III, is a member of the Iraq Study Group. Another, James J. Carafano, assisted in the study group's work.

Let's see that one again, Carlos:
One representative of the (Heritage) foundation, Edwin Meese III, is a member of the Iraq Study Group. Another, James J. Carafano, assisted in the study group's work.

So in case you still ahve any doubts as to how deeply and how firmly and how irrevocably the fix was isn, you may now at least go to bed secure in the knowledge that these fuckers have been looking out for themselves and nothing and no one else for the entirety of the last 5 years. It has long since past time to pack a couple into that lawless, immoral, criminal fucker Ed Meese's ear...


TJ said...

I left this comment at Eschaton but I think you'd already left:

Hey WGG, if you're still here, I took the teenagers to see Blood Diamond last night. There was a scene that made me think of you: the main characters are on foot traveling through Sierra Leone and they come to a village that has just been pillaged by the R.U.F.--dead bodies everywhere. There is an old man still alive and he begins talking to them and he asks the African character (Solomon) what's up with the white dude? Solomon replies that he's just another white man crazy for diamonds, like all the white men. And the old man says to him, [paraphrasing], "Let's hope they never discover oil here. Then we'll really have problems."

It was a laugh or cry? moment, and reminded me of this post.

I actually thought it was one of the best films I'd seen all year. Cliched, yes. But incredibly powerful and very well acted.
TJ, extra spicy pinko commie! | 12.30.06 - 2:46 pm | #

kelley b. said...

Indeed, WGG, it remains all about the oil, without end.

Stay warm and dry!