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  •  Yes and no (8+ / 0-)

    Oil is the most fungible commodity on the planet.
    It doesn't matter, in supply terms, who is pumping the oil. If it's being pumped, it's going into the market.  And if we are buying oil, all oil going into the market affects our purchase price for whatever oil we are actually buying.  In truth, we've never depended on gulf oil; very little of the oil actually used in the US is gulf oil.  Most of our oil is from (not surprisingly) closer sources, like Venezuela, Alaska, Mexico, and Canada.  

    So the point of invading Iraq was not exactly that we were in danger of not being able to use that oil.  And the point was not even that we wanted to keep that oil entering the world market at a steady rate (by that standard, we have failed miserably).

    The point of invading Iraq was the oil, all right, but not in the sense of it going into American cars.  It was the oil in the sense of American companies getting sweetheart deals to pump and sell it.

    We wanted to run a puppet government there very much like the banana republics we ran in Central America.  United Fruit pretty much owned Guatemala.  And now American oil companies will own Iraq, as soon as their government ratifies our oil laws and contracts.  We've got a government run by Texas oilmen, and they are going to make a killing in Iraq.

    •  You got it! (5+ / 0-)

      The point of invading Iraq was the oil, all right, but not in the sense of it going into American cars.  It was the oil in the sense of American companies getting sweetheart deals to pump and sell it.

      It always is, and always has been, about corporate robbery of the US government, citizens, taxpayers and customers.  It is, and always has been with Bush(s), about enriching the wealthy and the hell with everyone else...

      •  Then, when they've taken everything... (3+ / 0-)
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        from the U.S. and the American people, the corporations move to places like the United Arab Emirates which provide more sweetheart deals with no pesky legal oversight.

        I suspect that Haliburton had been planning the move to Dubai when it ever appeared that Congress was going to start investigating how contracts are awarded and what the corporations actually do with the money.

        It may be coincidence, but after the Dems took control, it wasn't too much later that Haliburton announced it's move to the U.A.E.

        After stealing our gold and the precious blood of our soldiers, Haliburton should have been told, "Fine, move to Dubai, and pay few, if any, U.S. taxes.  But you will also relinquish all of your current government contracts."

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