US shame in the making: Vote on oil law nears
It’s a dark day in American history: The US is on the verge of successfully pressuring Iraq to surrender most of its oil profits for thirty years to Big Oil. Why would the Iraqis allow it? Here’s why:
- Turns out Iraqis have largely not been told what is in the bill. As word leaks out, Iraqi oil workers have begun to strike.
- Turns out the Democrats – in utter betrayal of the attitudes on which they campaigned – have included passage of the oil bill as one of the Bush benchmarks that Iraq must meet for US funding to continue.
- Turns out Western oil corporations – Chevron, Exxon, Conoco, BP, Shell, and Marathon, are hovering over the Iraqi Oil Ministry, negotiating daily.
- Turns out the DOD is talking about a Korea-style long-term occupation. Get it? Thirty years of oil ownership for US corporations, backed by decades of military iron fist, making certain destitute Iraqis keep giving it up to the world’s richest.
Repent, Mr. President, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Reid. You bring shame upon America.
Check out these details from DemocracyNow!:
ANTONIA JUHASZ: Well, the strike is critical. It’s been a long time building. … as more knowledge has been brought to Iraq, it’s been very difficult for Iraqis to even learn what this oil law was about, just like it’s been difficult here. As more information has spread, the opposition has spread, as well, and now the workers have taken the situation into their own hands and struck.
AMY GOODMAN: And what is this US-backed proposal?
ANTONIA JUHASZ: It’s a Bush administration, US corporate, very simple attempt to figure out: if you’re going to wage a war for oil, how do you get the oil. Does Exxon come in on a tank with a flag and stick it in the ground, or do you have a more careful process? The careful process is very simply: write a law, get a new Iraqi government in place, have the Iraqis pass the law, and then turn the oil over to US oil corporations.
The Bush administration designed the law. Last January, President Bush announced that it was a benchmark for passage by the Iraqi government. It was the same day that he announced the surge … [which was] meant to provide the political space so that the Iraqis could discuss the oil law and other benchmarks. The Democrats then adopted this language of the benchmarks and said in the supplemental war spending bill, again, that the Iraqis have to pass this benchmark. And it very simply turns Iraq from a nationalized oil system, essentially closed to US oil corporations, to a privatized system in which potentially two-thirds of all of Iraq’s oil could be owned by foreign oil companies, and they can control the production with as long as thirty-year contracts. … We have US oil corporations engaging daily in negotiations with the Iraqi oil ministry, waiting on the sidelines. If the law passes, US corporations have the potential to own a true bonanza of oil and, if the US military stays, protection to get in and get it. […]
Ah, my country, what have you done?
I’m going to go write somebody.
Tags: oil, Iraq, oil+bill, benchmarks, Democrats+fail, Bush, Pelosi, Reid, big+oil, Iraq+oil, Monte Asbury
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