Blood for oil- Mission A-freakin!-ccomplished

From the New York Times:

BAGHDAD: Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.  [break]

The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India. [break] It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.

The first oil contracts for the majors in Iraq are exceptional for the oil industry.

They include a provision that could allow the companies to reap large profits at today’s prices: the ministry and companies are negotiating payment in oil rather than cash. [break]

“These are not actually service contracts,” Benali said. “They were designed to circumvent the legislative stalemate” and bring Western companies with experience managing large projects into Iraq before the passage of the oil law. [break] While the current contracts are unrelated to the companies’ previous work in Iraq, in a twist of corporate history for some of the world’s largest companies, all four oil majors that had lost their concessions in Iraq are now back.


Update: I grow tired of having to clarify the difference between supporting the troops and supporting the mission given to the troops….

I respect and honor the soldiers who put their lives at risk to protect and defend America.  Soldiers do not decide their mission and are not responsible for the decisions of those above them. Remembering that men and women have died and continue to die for this mission honors those soldiers by weighing their lives against the value of the objectives they are duty bound to fulfill. To question the objective is to weigh it against the value the soldier. Soldiers are worth more than this.


The above story tells the tale of exactly WHO decided Saddam needed to be overthrown even though it was America that put him in power. It was a “twist of corporate history.” Certainly Saddam was a horrible dictator, one of many. But with so many in America opposed to the war and this administration, who’s calling the shots in America?

This seems to have been the choice before us.


Or This: 

I want my electric car.

2 Responses to “Blood for oil- Mission A-freakin!-ccomplished”

  1. Bill Baar Says:

    As a UU who spent two months in Baghdad during which time four civilian workers including one SIGIR auditor died from Mahdi Army rocket attacks, I sort of resent this post. I didn’t put my life at risk for oil.

  2. Aaron Sawyer Says:

    I totally agree with you. But you shouldn’t resent the post, you should resent the realities on the ground. You presumably went to Iraq to protect America, which is very honorable. No one doubts your courage or your motives. But it turned out soldiers were sent to protect us from weapons that weren’t there and from a dictator that no longer had the ability to harm even the countries closest to him.
    Your service is honorable. Our leaders were not.

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