Where’s That Iraqi Oil?

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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.

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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
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Iraq, Iran and Wankers

Thomas Friedman was named Atrios’ Wanker of the Decade precisely for saying stuff like this.

 

That was back in 2003 and lest you think that Friedman learned anything from telling other countries he doesn’t like to “suck on this”, here’s the advice he had for Barack Obama in 2008 in regards to Iran.

“Mr. Obama’s gift for outreach would be so much more effective with a Dick Cheney standing over his right shoulder, quietly pounding a baseball bat into his palm.”

Yes, because warmongering insanity worked so well last time around.

Wanker of the decade – a much deserved award.

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Closing Down The Iraq War

It’s over.

“After a decade of war, the nation we need to build and the nation we will build is our own.”

And with those words, Barack Obama brings a close to the Iraq war.

The Obama administration has decided to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year after failing to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government that would have left several thousand troops there for special operations and training.

One hundred and fifty troops will stay behind to safeguard the US embassy, with the other 39,000 troops home by the end of December.

Iraq war stats:

  • Cost: $1 trillion
  • 4,481 US troops killed
  • 54% of US casualties were under 25 years of age
  • Coalition troops killed – 316
  • US troops wounded – 32,195, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries
  • 30% of US troops have or will develop serious mental health problems
  • Iraqi civilians killed – over 100,000 and might be as high as 600,000

All that’s needed to add complete closure to the immoral travesty, is this:

Bastards.

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Donald Rumsfeld And His Lying Ways

Good Morning America, February 8:

George Stephanopoulos: “But you had inspectors in the country [Iraq]. Why was it necessary to invade–”

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld: Saddam Hussein “had thrown them out about the second or third or fourth time.”

Really, Donald? You claim Saddam Hussein threw out the weapons inspectors in 2003 which was further justification for the U.S. invasion of Iraq?  Not so, you miserable, stinking, murderous liar.

Fact Checker has the story on when and how the inspectors left the country. They did so at their own volition after being pressured by the Bush administration to leave. It is no coincidence that the inspectors were reporting at the time that there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found and that Hussein was cooperating with the inspectors.

Fact Checker awarded Rumsfeld it’s top ‘honor’ – Four Pinocchios.

Rumsfeld writes in his just released memoir, Known and Unknown.

“Powell was not duped or misled by anybody. Nor did he lie about Saddam’s suspected WMD stockpiles. The President did not lie. The Vice President did not lie. Tenet did not lie. Rice did not lie. I did not lie. The Congress did not lie. The far less dramatic truth is that we were wrong.”

Four Pinocchios? A life sentence behind bars would be a more appropriate award for this duplicitous villain.

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Bush and Conservative Criticism of a Clueless President

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I found this tweet by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher amusing.

Bush not class act, destroyed GOP, jailed Ramos & Compean, left us bailouts, gave more power to fed gov & China.

A class act he is not. Agreed. But more relevant than any damage Bush might have done to the GOP brand (tarnished as it already was), was numbnut’s destruction of the economy, an immoral war responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and his staining of the United State’s international image.

And for the record, Bush did not do his work single handed.  He had the aid of a Republican Congress for six of his eight years of madness.  In addition he had the support of a conservative media who for the most part applauded his every misdeed.

I chuckle at teabaggers and conservative politicians who suddenly find it appropriate to claim that their criticism is directed at both parties – that Republicans were guilty of betraying conservative principles during the first eight years of the decade.  They tell us now how upset they are about it all.  Bullshit.  Where was the criticism then?  I don’t recall hearing a single teabagger who now screams about rising deficits complaining two years ago about Bush having increased the national debt by $4 trillion dollars.  Why is that?

It’s because they didn’t give a damn as long as a Republican sat in the White House.  That’s why.  So fine, have Republicans criticize George W. Bush now that he’s out of office.  It’s a bit late, assholes.  If you really did care, you would have been displaying your disapproval long before he lied his way, and a nation, into war and debt.

Forgive me if some of us find your criticism as less a reflection of heartfelt sentiment and more of a ruse and another example of self-serving politics.

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