Wednesday, August 8, 2007

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE OIL

"We're talking about opening up the second largest oil reserves in the entire world to foreign investment," Juhasz said. "It costs about $75 a barrel -- and about 60 cents to get it out of the ground. Do the math." -OneWorldUS

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.

20 comments:

sumo said...

Between a rock and a hard place.

a rose is a rose said...

reminds me once again

and we give you BLANKETS for your land (smallpox covered but a BARGAIN INDEED - buffy's* words i cannot take credit)


sainte marie NOT the vampire slayer

JM said...

Perhaps we should pack up all our "benevolence" and go home? Yea, THAT would teach 'em a lesson!

Peacechick Mary said...

The Bushies give a new dimension to the term "bully".

Time said...

The President has stated many times over the years that we need to get off the addiction of Mid East oil. So why are we even talking about long term oil sources with any Arab country. How soon I forget that this administration is full of shit, bad me.

Larry said...

It is also quite a coincidence, that Iraq has refused to negotiate with the unions in this.

Sounds Republican like!

windspike said...

And Chevron's got their eyes on the cookie jar....More for them, less for us...that's how capitalims works. For some one to win, others must lose

Neil Shakespeare said...

Yeah, but they're supposed to be "good" losers, and sign the paper quietly and get out of the way so Halliburton can get their equipment in there and start pumping!

Daniel said...

Of course, there is a sting in the tail. After capitalism has killed and/or exploited most of the world's people and created more and more poor people there won't be anyone to buy their goods and services. Even giving suckers cheap money doesn't work (the current sub-prime rate debacle).

Eventually the house of cards will fall down and no one will have anything! Then I suppose the whole cycle will begin again!

Comandante Agí said...

Let's Iraq and roll...it's time to pay up you ungrateful Mesopotamians - Cheney's mechanical parts need lubrication if he is to keep on shooting lawyers in the face and stuffing enemy combatants in his man-sized safe.

Blueberry said...

Sooooo, they don't want to play ball with us. Why, we oughta just invade their country and kill their leader and teach 'em a thing or... oh, never mind.

Nvisiblewmn said...

And didn't I hear something about how we built a school or something like that over there?

Wadard said...

Ah, the end game. Love this stage.

Nadia A. said...

And I hear if they don't cooperate we'll leave.
That will sure show them all right!

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