Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Real American Gangsters: Blood for Oil

Something really sickens me whenever I see "no-bid" contracts. It's usually the manifestation of a protectionist racket.

A consortium of Western oil companies — the very definition of Big Oil — is on the verge of receiving no-bid contracts in Iraq, giving them access to one of the most sought-after prizes in the petroleum industry. Can it be mere coincidence that the leading companies in the deal — ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total — are the very same companies that Saddam Hussein threw out when he nationalized the Iraqi oil industry more than three decades ago?

The American public has been reassured, repeatedly, that petroleum had absolutely nothing to do with the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. President Bush, the oilman from Texas, has scoffed at the idea.

Yet despite the vociferous denials, the four original partners of the Iraq Petroleum Co. (a misnomer, since all the companies are multinationals based in the U.S. or Western Europe - just like the Federal Reserve is a misnomer - not Federal but actually a private corrupt bussiness) are about to receive contracts that allow them to service the fields (one step closer to owning the oil) in the country with the world's second-largest proven oil reserves.

"It's been a long road, but the oil companies seem set to get much of what they have been seeking," said James Paul, executive director of the Global Policy Forum. "The Iraqi public is overwhelmingly opposed to this privatization of Iraqi oil, just like they are overwhelmingly opposed to the so-called security pact with the U.S." Not that the opinions of Iraqis matter to everybody.

To protect those oil fields, the U.S. would have to station troops in Iraq indefinitely. That may explain why Bush has been so determined to work out a deal for more or less permanent military bases before he leaves office.

The war in Iraq has already lasted longer than U.S. involvement in World War II, and the projected cost is around a trillion of your hard earned tax dollars...yes yours. That doesn't count the human toll — more than 4,000 U.S. troops dead and tens of thousands maimed and shattered, physically or mentally. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead and millions displaced.

The time is now for us to hold our morally bankrupt government ACCOUNTABLE!

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