Those damn ungrateful Iraqis are balking at signing "The Oil Law".
A new public opinion poll has found nearly two thirds of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign companies.After all we've done for them! I mean, holy cow, there they sit every day, a MERE FOUR YEARS AFTER THEIR LIBERATION, in 117 degree heat with no water or electricity because the billions and billions we've sunk into 'rebuilding the infrastructure' of THIER COUNTRY, without ANY HOPE FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT, but simply to bring them THE GIFT OF FREEDOM, have only made matters worse and,...well, OK, they are dying in record numbers but...they have the audacity to suggest that BUSH and CHENEY and THEIR OIL BUDDIES staged the Iraq invasion JUST TO GET AT THEIR OIL? The average Iraqi thinks we're just in it for the oil! Can you believe the ingratitude?
The U.S. government has been pressuring the Iraqi government to pass the oil law by September. Anontia Juhasz of the group Oil Change International told OneWorld that the Bush administration and Congress have made the law's passage one of the "benchmarks" that would indicate the U.S. is making progress in the war.
According to Oil Change International, the oil law sets no minimum standard for the extent to which foreign companies would have to invest their earnings in the Iraqi economy, partner with Iraqi companies, hire Iraqi workers, or share new technologies.It also would allow multinational oil companies to sign exclusive 30-year contracts with Iraq's current government.