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U.S. Troops In Iraq Pay twice What Iraqis Do for Gas

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posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 07:54 PM
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U.S. Troops In Iraq Pay twice What Iraqis Do for Gas


www.cnn.com

Think you're being gouged by Big Oil? U.S. forces in Iraq are paying almost as much as Americans back home, despite burning fuel at staggering rates in a war to stabilize a country known for its oil reserves.
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A U.S. Army and Iraqi military convoy passes thorugh Baghdad in 2004.

Military units pay an average of $3.23 a gallon for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, some $88 per day per service member in Iraq, according to an Associated Press review and interviews with defense officials. A penny or two increase in the price of fuel can add millions of dollars to U.S. costs.

Critics in Congress are fuming.
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posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 07:54 PM
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And the critics should be fuming!.... Along with every other American!

It's ridicules what's going on in Iraq!

The US military uses its Defense Energy Support Center to buy the fuel for all the service branches. It buys the fuel, then sets the prices for it.



The U.S. military, through its Defense Energy Support Center, buys fuel on the open market, paying from $1.99 a gallon to as much as $5.30 a gallon under contracts with private and government-owned oil companies. The center then sets a fixed rate for troops, currently $3.51 a gallon for diesel, $3.15 for gasoline, $3.04 for jet fuel and $13.61 for avgas, a high-octane fuel used mostly in unmanned aerial vehicles.



Now, according to Wikipedia, the average tax on a gallon of gas in the US is around 50 cents. Is the government taxing itself for selling itself fuel?

Other countries in this area prices are faaarrr lower than what the US military is paying over there!
(Price info. from Wikipedia's "Average gasoline prices around the world")

Saudi Arabia - 42 cents per gallon (p/g)
Kuwait - 78 cents p/g
Iran - 33 cents p/g

Gas is CHEAP in this part of the world!

Why is it sooo expensive for our military in this area to fill THEIR tanks?

WHY are we not getting fuel for free from Iraqi government? They are the ones that say that they still want us there! And they have plenty of oil!

Or another simple fix, have all vehicles that can drive around in the towns go to local gas stations and fill up, gas is cheap in this part of the world. The US taxpayers will be saving millions of dollars a day and it would help the Iraqi economy to buy the fuel from local gas stations.

Somebody's got their hand in the cookie jar, there's no reason why the US military should be paying that much for fuel over there!

www.cnn.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 3/4/08 by Keyhole]



posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 08:41 PM
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Originally posted by Keyhole
WHY are we not getting fuel for free from Iraqi government? They are the ones that say that they still want us there! And they have plenty of oil!


What? You mean STEAL their gas and oil? I thought that's what the military has been accused of since we stepped foot in that country.


I read years ago in National Geographic (when Saddam was in power) that gas was ten cents a gallon. Too bad an average lawyer was making $10 a month.



posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 08:57 PM
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Doesn't Halliburton supply fuel for the military over there? They were accused of overcharging once before I believe..



posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 09:12 PM
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I heard that, too. Geez, another big surprise; a government contractor overcharging the military. That's not a first!



posted on Apr, 4 2008 @ 12:50 AM
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Way to break it out, Keyhole, Star!

Doesn't make any sense. as usual. Truckers over here are struggling
enough now, with the high price of diesel. Why would our military have to
pay full-rummy over there?




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