The NYT reports that…
Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.
John Liming wonders why it is that Americans shed the blood, but China reaps the benefits.
I remember the signs that war protesters carried – signs that read things like, “No Blood For Oil.”
So America went looking for the WMDs that weren’t there and we lost a lot of brave American Lives in the process and American Taxpayers are still paying for the cost of the war – America did the fighting and paid the cost and now it is reported that someone else is reaping the benefits from Iraq’s huge oil reserves – not the United States – somebody else – China to be specific according to the reports I have read.
So my question is this: ”Did America go to war in Iraq and lose more than 4,000 brave fighting men and women in the seemingly endless conflict just so that someone else could have a ready supply of energy and fuel? Is that what it was all about and is that what really happened and is there anything that can be done about it – or is it too late – and what is the significance of it all?
It is reported that Michael Makovsky, a former Defense Department official who worked on Iraqi Oil Policy for The Bush Administration has said of the development over who gets the oil:
“We lost out. The Chinese had nothing to do with the war, but from an economic standpoint they are benefiting from it, and our Fifth Fleet and air forces are helping to assure their supply.”
My question? ”What is “We lost out” supposed to mean?
Why have we “Lost Out” and how have we “Lost Out” and is America going to accept the fact that we “Lost Out?”
Is this going to be the end of this story? Is there more? Is there a happy ending for The United States in all this after all the sacrifices that were made by our brave Military Personnel in that dreadful conflict?
I think the questions are worth asking, don’t you?
Does this kind of news irritate anyone else except me?
In the words of the scrappy old geezer somewhere in his private jet high above the metropolitan areas of the East Coast – “Screw that!”
John Liming publishes American Liberal Times