Lying Media Bastards

August 21, 2007


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A few weeks back, I wrote about the years-long stall tactics used by American politicians and opinion-spinners to extend the US occupation of Iraq. At the time, I neglected to ask the “why” question. Why do these bastards want the US to continue hemorraging money and explosives for little to no tangible result?

I ran across several articles today which point towards even more “stay the course” madness. A new ad campaign aimed at convincing Americans that things are improving in Iraq (funded by a group fronted by former White House lie machine Ari Fleischer). Democrats starting to lean more towards the “give the Surge more time” side. General Petraeus to give his long-awaited speech about the Surge to take place on 9/11.


Then it hit me. The oil law.

One of the key “benchmarks” for the Iraqi government, the oil law is allegedly about the reconciliation of Iraq’s Shia and Sunni; the law would create an equitable distribution of the country’s petroleum revenue, which would ease a major bone of contention between the two sects. Of course, it would also but as much as 80% of Iraq’s oil under the control of foreign corporations.

Needless to say, this law is highly unpopular with the Iraqi people. Yet another example of America’s Committment to Democracy: “we don’t care if your people hate it, pass the damn law!” (it does boggle the mind that the US keeps telling its allies in foreign governments to take action that could get those allies deposed and lynched)

So that’s what I think is going on here. We “need” to stay in Iraq because the Iraqi government hasn’t passed the oil law yet. And until they do, the bastards have to keep stalling for time. And with the law being so incredibly unpopular, it might not be passed for a long time, if at all.

Now, there are many factions even within the US pro-war set with their own goals and agendas, but I think that this is a pretty widely held goal among American elites– Democrats as well. Once the oil law is passed, I think these folks will be willing to draw down the number of US troops to a much smaller number, just the amount necessary to guard the oil infrastructure and stop what passes for an Iraqi government from being overthrown.

Posted by Jake on August 21, 2007 10:40 pm

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