the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US
and other western oil companies were all but
completely shut out of Iraq’s oil market.
But thanks to the invasion and occupation,
the companies are now back inside Iraq and
producing oil there for the first time since
being forced out of the country in 1973.”
Antonia Juhasz, oil industry analyst, Al
May 24 2014 "ICH"
- These are the ‘best of times’ for the oil
giants in Iraq. Production is up, profits are
soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough.
Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal:
production surged to its highest level in
over 30 years last month, surprising
skeptics of the country’s efforts to restore
its oil industry after decades of war and
neglect.” (Wall Street Journal)
You bet. But
for those who still cling to the idea that the
US was serious about promoting democracy or
removing a vicious dictator or eliminating WMD
or any of the other kooky excuses, consider what
we’ve learned in the last couple weeks. Here’s
the story from Aljazeera:
US military has formally ended its
occupation of Iraq, some of the largest
western oil companies, ExxonMobil, BP and
27, 38 months after Royal Dutch Shell
announced its pursuit of a massive gas deal
in southern Iraq, the oil giant had its
contract signed for a $17bn flared gas deal.
Three days later, the US-based energy firm
Emerson submitted a bid for a contract to
operate at Iraq’s giant Zubair oil field,
which reportedly holds some eight million
barrels of oil.
year, Emerson was awarded a contract to
provide crude oil metering systems and other
technology for a new oil terminal in Basra,
currently under construction in the Persian
Gulf, and the company is installing control
systems in the power stations in Hilla and
Kerbala. Iraq’s supergiant Rumaila oil field
is already being developed by BP, and the
other supergiant reserve, Majnoon oil field,
is being developed by Royal Dutch Shell.
Both fields are in southern Iraq.” (“Western
oil firms remain as US exits Iraq”, Dahr
If it sounds
like the big boys are dividing the spoils among
themselves; it’s because they are. Exxon, BP,
Shell; they’re all here. They all have their
contracts in hand, and they’re all drilling
their brains out thanks to the American
servicemen and women who gave their lives for
some trumped up baloney about WMD. Isn’t that
what’s going on?
Sure it is. And
even now–after all the reasons for going to war
have been exposed as lies–the farce continues.
Nothing has changed. Nothing. There’s still no
talk of reparations, no official investigation,
no indictments, no prosecutions, no trials, no
penalties, no nothing. Not even a stinking
apology. Just a big “up yours” Iraq. We’re way
too important to apologize for killing a million
of your people and reducing your five thousand
year old civilization to a pile of rubble.
Instead, we’ll just screw you some more and
paper it over with a little public relations,
like Obama did a couple weeks ago when he
promised to “leave behind a sovereign, stable
and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative
government that was elected by its people”.
Obama’s all about sovereignty and stability,
everyone knows that. That’s why Baghdad is the
terror capital of the world, because Obama’s so
committed to security.
These PR blurbs
are effective though, they provide the necessary
cover for leaving enough troops behind to
protect the oil installations and pipelines.
That’s the kind of security Obama cares about.
Security for the oiligarchs and their stolen
property. Everyone else can fend for
themselves, which is why Baghdad is such a
bloody mess. Here’s more from Aljazeera:
the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US
and other western oil companies were all but
completely shut out of Iraq’s oil market,”
oil industry analyst Antonia Juhasz told Al
Jazeera. “But thanks to the invasion and
occupation, the companies are now back
inside Iraq and producing oil there for the
first time since being forced out of the
country in 1973.” (Aljazeera)
Yeah, thanks for
that invasion, Mr. Bush. We couldn’t have done
it without you, guy. Hope you have a great
retirement painting pictures of poodles and
stuff while people continue to get blown to
pieces in the terrorist Hellhole you created.
Here’s more Al Jazeera:
author of the books The Tyranny of Oil and
The Bush Agenda, said that while US and
other western oil companies have not yet
received all they had hoped the US-led
invasion of Iraq would bring them, “They’ve
certainly done quite well for themselves,
landing production contracts for some of the
world’s largest remaining oil fields under
some of the world’s most lucrative terms.”
Yahya Zalloum, an international oil consultant
and economist …(said) he believes western oil
companies have successfully acquired the lions’
share of Iraq’s oil, “but they gave a little
piece of the cake for China and some of the
other countries and companies to keep them
How do you like
that? These guys operate just like the Mafia.
The Bossman pays off China with a few million
barrels, and China keeps its mouth shut. Nice.
Everyone gets “their cut” so they don’t go
blabbing to the media about the ripoff that’s
taking place in broad daylight. The stench of
corruption is overpowering.
something else you won’t see in the media. In a
White House press release, the Obama
administration announced that they would
continue to support Iraq’s “efforts to develop
the energy sector” in order to “help boost
Iraq’s oil production.”….
Assim Jihad, spokesman for Iraq’s ministry of
oil, “Iraq has a goal of raising its oil
production capacity to 12m bpd by 2017, which
would place it in the top echelon of global
barrels-per-day by 2017″?
That makes this
the biggest petroleum heist in history. And
we’re supposed to believe that the oil bigwigs
didn’t know anything about this before the war?
What a crock! I’ll bet you even money the CEOs
and their lackeys figured out that Saudi Arabia
was running out of gas, so they decided to pick
up stakes and move their operations to good old
Mesopotamia. That’s why they put their money on
Bush and Cheney, because they knew that two
former oil men would do the heavy lifting once
they got shoehorned into the White House. The
whole thing was a set-up from the get-go, right
down to the 5 shady Supremes who suspended the
voting in Florida and crowned Bush emperor in
2000. The whole thing was probably mapped out
years in advance.
Big oil runs
everything in America. People talk about the
power of Wall Street and Israel, but oil is
still king. They run it all, and they own it
all. And “what they say, goes.” Here’s more:
explained that ExxonMobil, BP and Shell were
among the oil companies that “played the
most aggressive roles in lobbying their
governments to ensure that the invasion
would result in an Iraq open to foreign oil
succeeded,” she added. “They are all back
Hooray. Big oil
wins again, and all it cost was a million or so
Iraqis who got blown to bits air raids or shot
up at checkpoints, or beaten to death with a
rubber hose at Abu Ghraib or any of the other
democracy reeducation centers that dot the
countryside. But, hey, look at the bright side:
At least production is up, right? Can you see
how sick this is? Here’s more:
current circumstances, the possibility of a
withdrawal of western oil companies from
Iraq appears remote, and the Obama
administration continues to pressure Baghdad
to pass the Iraq Oil Law.” (Aljazeera)
And what is the
“Iraq Oil Law”, you ask?
It’s a way to
privatize the oil market using Production
Sharing Agreements (PSAs) which
disproportionately benefit the corporations.
Obama’s a big backer of the law since it means
even heftier profits for his thieving friends.
In other words, the humongous profits they’re
already skimming off aren’t quite good enough.
They want more. They want to own the whole
shooting match lock, stock and barrel.
This is really
an outrage. What other country behaves like
No one. No other
country in the world goes out and kills a
million people, destroys their country, and
leaves them to scrape by on next to nothing just
so they can pad the bank accounts of voracious
plutocrats have more dough than they know what
to do with. No one else would even dare to act
like that for fear that they’d get bombed into
annihilation by the world’s biggest bullyboy,
the US of A. Only the US can get away with this
type of crap, because the US is a law unto
Iraq was the
Cradle of Civilization. Now it’s the cradle of
shit. The US decimated Iraq; blew it to bits,
bombed its industries, its bridges, its schools,
its hospitals, leveled its cities, polluted its
water, spread diseases everywhere, killed its
kids, pitted brother against brother, and
transformed a vibrant, unique country into a
dysfunctional cesspit run by opportunists,
gangsters, and fanatics.
And, here’s the
corker: No one gives a rip. Face it: No one
gives a flying fu** about Iraq. The American
people lost interest long ago, the politicians
can’t be bothered, and the UN is too afraid of
the US to lift a finger to help. They’d rather
stamp their feet and scold Putin over Crimea
than utter a peep about the genocide in Iraq.
That’s the state of things today, right? No
accountability for the men who started the war,
and no justice for the victims. Just the
infrequent (phony) pronouncement of support from
the White House or the all-too-frequent
sectarian bombing that leaves an untold number
of civilians dead or wounded. This is all the US
leaves behind; hatred, death and destruction.
Here’s a clip
from a poem by Iraqi writer who wants readers to
take a minute and think about all the suffering
the United States has created. The poem is
titled “Flying Kites”:
see our overflowing morgues and find our
little ones for us…
You may find
them in this corner or the other, a little
hand poking out, pointing out at you…
search for them in the rubble of your
“surgical” air raids, you may find a little
leg or a little head…pleading for your
Come and see
them amassed in the garbage dumps,
scavenging morsels of food…
see our little ones, under-nourished or
dying from disease. Cholera, dysentery,
see, come….” (“Flying Kites” Layla Anwar)
A million people
were killed so a few rich fu**ers could get even
richer. That’s a hell of a legacy.
in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless:
Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK
Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle
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