'We should be able to take some'
By Jason Ditz
October 28, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - Having sent
growing numbers of troops into eastern Syria
explicitly to control the oil, President Trump now
says he is seeking a deal with
Exxon Mobil or “one of our great companies” to
go into occupied Syria and take the oil.
Trump has long suggested that in his view, the US
should be able to just take oil from countries it is
involved in militarily, as a way to recover some of
the costs of his various wars. Trump said on Sunday
that the oil is valuable and “we should be able to
take some also.”
That Trump is sold on this idea is one thing, but
convincing a US Oil and Gas Major to go along with
the operation is another thing. The legal basis,
particularly internationally, of taking Syrian oil
without Syrian permission, and keeping US military
forces there to keep Syria from stopping them, is
going to be complicated, to say the least.
Trump’s conviction that legally it’s
probably fine, after all, doesn’t mean
the US company, whichever it turns out
to be, wouldn’t get sued in the US or
internationally for looting Syria’s oil.
These huge multinational companies are
notoriously risk-averse about conflict,
and would likely be so about joining the
president in an oil-taking scheme of
this sort. That means while Trump
continues to war to keep the oil, he’s
going to face a big job selling the idea
to any company.
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