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originally posted by: Dfairlite
a reply to: DJW001
I love these conspiracies. "Trump is a bumbling idiot but somehow amassed an empire, conquered television, and won the presidency. Just dumb luck, obviously he's mentally unstable and idiotic beyond comprehension." Yep, makes perfect sense.
When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit.
The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as Kurdistan, long at odds with Iraq’s central government over oil and territory, raced to establish itself as a player on world oil markets. He also showed them the fields that were still up for grabs. Tell me what you want, and we can start negotiating, Hawrami said, according to one former Exxon official who attended the meeting.
It was the start of months of hurried talks blessed by ExxonMobil’s chief executive, Rex Tillerson, and other senior executives back in Dallas. The company was making a high-stakes gamble that new agreements would pay off handsomely if the northern region held billions of barrels of accessible oil. A law governing nationwide oil investments was tied up in parliament, and Iraqi officials were rejecting Kurdistan’s authority to export oil or cut its own deals.
Exxon’s 2011 exploration deal with the Kurdistan region provides a window into how Tillerson, has approached doing business in one of the world’s most risky, complicated places, where giant energy deals can have far-reaching political effects.
When Iraq’s central government threatened to throw Exxon out of much larger, established operations in the south, Tillerson personally intervened, using his executive clout to smooth things over with authorities in Baghdad while making clear his company would weather the political fallout ...
Ali Khedery, who advised US officials in Iraq before joining Exxon in 2011, argued that Kurdistan was one way to offset the disappointment in southern Iraq.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Willtell
I had to put up with 8 years of Obama and you can't deal with even the 1st year of Trump? You should probably get some therapy because you are clearly losing your sanity. Trump at least cares about America.
"You have the president being called an f___ing Moran by the Sec of State."
originally posted by: UKTruth
I've heard the rumours via the media, but no way to know if it's true.
What surprises me is the reaction to the news, including the OP.
The biggest issue to be concerned about is cabinet members arranging a "suicide pact" in the first place. They have a job to do and worrying about how to do their bosses job for him (or threatening him) seems a little detached from what they are supposed to be doing for the country.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: Outlier13
Will this do?