Yep, it was about oil! It's always about oil!
This time it was about the White Tiger Oil Field, one of the largest oil fields on the planet, except that it's located offshore and at was therefore
inaccessible at the time of its discovery (in 1922 by a man named Herbert Hoover, who would later go on to become US President);
By the 1950s, they developed a method of "mapping out" where offshore oil is located by firing off small explosions, and listening to the waves
bounce off the ocean floor. So in the 1960s, the US (at the behest of Standard Oil, and interestingly Zapata Oil, George Bush' offshore drilling
company) decided to start a war in Vietnam, so they could "drop bombs" all along the coast of Vietnam and map out where the oil was (and where it
Standard's (Exxon's) exploration lasted for about 10 years, from the Gulf of Tokin incident in 1964 through the American withdrawl from Saigon in
By the 1990s, when Vietnam opened up the White Tiger field to exploration and development to foreign firms, guess which company big on all the
profitable slots that were up for auction?!? That's right, Standard Oil (i.e., Exxon).
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The wars are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS about oil..