Friday, December 08, 2006

The Study Group

The popular media discussion about the Iraq Study Group Report centers around the authors' statement of the obvious that things aren't going well in Iraq and the pragmatic suggestion that the U.S. should actually talk to Iran and Syria, instead of relying on threats and bullying to accomplish something.

Whenever the media make much ado about nothing, my suspicion radar goes up as to what they are NOT telling us. Curiousity, thus, compelled me to read through the Report, which says nothing terribly exciting or controversial. The Report accepts the fundamental premises upon which the war was and is still justified, i.e. to combat terrorism, dedicating its pages to quibbling with symptoms rather than causes. Yet another example of how our controllers bookend the debate to ensure nothing meaningful is assessed.

What I found most interesting, however, are the following recommendations for the oil industry:


Recommendation 62:

As soon as possible, the U.S. government should provide technical assistance to the Iraqi government to prepare a draft oil law that defines the rights of regional and local governments and creates a fiscal and legal framework for investment. Legal clarity is essential to attract investment.

Recommendation 63:
The United States should encourage investment in Iraq's oil sector by the international community and by international energy companies.

The United States should assist Iraqi leaders to recognize the national oil industry as a commercial enterprise, in order to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability.

The remarkable thing about these conclusions is that Iraq had already opened its oil fields to the international community before the United States started its war of aggression. There were several exploration deals with China, which the Colonial Provisional Authority promptly rescinded upon arrival.

Perhaps Iraq's crime for which it has been obscenely and shamefully punished for the last three years was not failing to open its oil industry to the international community, but opening it to members of the international community that the United States did not approve. After all, government is the shadow of big business.

So long as the Iraq Study Group fails to challenge Chevron and Exxon Mobil's use of the American military to monopolize the world's energy resources, it is meaningless. Empire is empire and nothing in the Report will change that.

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For more on this topic, check out http://www.alternet.org/story/45190/.

15 Comments:

At 3:14 PM, December 08, 2006 , Blogger Oberon said...

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At 7:34 PM, December 08, 2006 , Blogger skip sievert said...

Last week , a Saudi who headed a security consulting group close to the Saudi government , Nawa Obaid , wrote in the Washington Post that Saudi Arabia would use money , oil and support for the Sunni`s to thwart Iranian efforts to dominate Iraq if American troops are pulled out. The Saudi government denied the report and fired Obaid.
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Yes it`s all about oil and was from the start.
Oil is bought and sold world wide in dollars , as gold is.
Iraq had just started selling it in Euro`s.
Yes , the Chinese wanted to get their hands on it also.
By making the war, the price of oil has been kept very high which promised the oil company`s a huge profit.
Oil would be about $ 24 to 26 dollars a Bbl. if the war had not happened.
If Iraq was pumping at 50% of its real capacity oil would be about 14 to $16 dollars a barrel.
You see.?
The war was done to knock out the contracts you mention and to stop the change into selling oil in Euro`s and also to maintain scarcity of oil itself.
This type of economic system runs on maintaining scarcity. The whole object of the war was to knock out Iraqi oil production , and then capture it later.
Baker is the leader of the Carlyle group , a crooked bunch of politician thugs.
It has been a ringing success , and Saudi Oil and British Petroleum are , and have been laughing all the way to the bank. Ha.

The only way to stop the war would be a general strike where the American people shut the commerce of the country down.
The corporatacracy only has one ruling concept. Making money.

Crash test ahead in the Middle East , and I pity the poor people that live in those area`s.

 
At 8:22 AM, December 09, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Skip, I agree 100%

 
At 9:20 AM, December 11, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

The Iraq Study group was composed of international businesspeople, life-long politicians and a conflicted Supreme Court Justice. I didn't expect much. The only thing I like about it is that it noted that Israel is still a problem for the US, though it didn't go nearly far enough.

 
At 10:01 AM, December 11, 2006 , Blogger Reign of Reason said...

I haven't read the report -- and it looks like it would be a waste of time.

Shia are now not only retaliating for Sunni killings, they are avidly targeting Sunni's simply because they are Sunni (as recently as 4-5 months ago the "unofficial" policy was to retaliate against those sunni who committed murder, etc.).

There is simply nothing meaningful we can do there -- the sooner we get out of the way and let these people kill each other the fewer Americans get killed.

 
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