from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

9.23.2005

storms, war and the pump

as rita barrels toward more oil refineries and florida’s governor called on residents to conserve fuel, republicans are finding major ways to slice the budget – at the expense of four renewable/alternative fuel development programs.

well of course we can’t pull out of iraq … we’re going to end up needing their oil more than ever. this article from michael t. klare provides more (as if we needed it) compelling evidence that securing oil is a primary goal of the was in iraq.
"For any oil company," one oil executive told the New York Times in February 2003, "being in Iraq is like being a kid in F.A.O. Schwarz."

Clearly, gaining control of what Wolfowitz once described as a country that “floats on a sea of oil” was one of the Pentagon's highest priorities in the early days of the invasion. As part of its planning for the assault, the Department of Defense established detailed plans to seize Iraqi oil fields and installations during the first days of the war.
klare also contends that the u.s. has effectively shot ourselves in the foot. anyone want to place bets on how long it will take before we find another oil-rich country to invade?

Lacking sufficient troops to protect the oil facilities and all the other infrastructure in Baghdad and other key cities, the military chose to protect the oil alone - allowing desperate and rapacious Iraqis to go a rampage of looting that fatally undermined the authority of the military occupation and the US-backed interim government. To make matters worse, the very visible American emphasis on protecting oil facilities while ignoring other infrastructure gave the distinct - and not completely inaccurate - impression that the United States had invaded Iraq less to liberate it from a tyrannical regime than to steal, or at least control, its oil. And from this perception came part of the anger and resentment that constituted the essential raw materials for the outbreak of an armed insurgency against the American occupation and everything associated with it.

Iraqi oil output has actually declined since the United States invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein. According to the DoE, total production stood at 1.9 million barrels per day in May 2005, compared to 2.6 million barrels in January 2003, just before the American invasion. Quite the opposite of paying for the American occupation, as promised by administration officials, Iraqi production is costing US taxpayers billions of dollars per year.
not to mention lives.

1 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

Jesus, we're in for it.

9/26/2005 01:44:00 PM

 

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