reply to post by SLAYER69
This reminds me of Iraq all over again. The US/West does the fighting and dying while other nations move right in and take the booty. Iraq
awarded the largest untapped oil fields to Russia and China now over in Afghanistan we get this report.
So the US deserves
that booty because it launched a devastating war against Afghans? If you would recall your history, we didn't attack the
nation of Afghanistan, we attacked the Taliban, in cooperation with the Afghanistan government. That leaves the Afghan government free to make it's
own decisions - even if that government is riddled with CIA moles and spies. As a government they are still free to make deals with any nation on
earth to exploit their own resources - that's called CAPITALISM.
Just as Iraq awarded it's oil fields to companies in Russia and China - why? Because they PAID more for it when those fields went up for auction. In
fact most US oil companies didn't bother to submit bids for those fields, because they were so certain they faced no competition. They expected the
jingoist reasons we went into that war would carry through to their being handed oil field contracts by the Iraqi parliament unopposed
behaves like that? Certainly not capitalists
[oil giant Petronas] doubted competitors would make solid profits in Iraq, given the stiff terms [imposed by the Iraq
That might have been the thinking of U.S. oil giants, which largely stayed away from last week's bidding, and which have failed to
negotiate oil deals with Iraq's government outside of the public auction process.
Pump It Up: The Development of Iraq's Oil Reserves
U.S. Companies Shut Out as Iraq Auctions Its Oil Fields
That's why the US was "shut out". We never bothered to bid in Iraq. You can't win if you don't play. For a nation that prides itself on being the
epitome of all things capitalist, we Americans sure haven't behaved like it for the past decade or two. Instead we relied on threat of military
action to force governments to capitulate to our demands. The US became the thugs
, expecting 'booty' in return for invasion, while the
Russians and Chinese became the capitalists
. THEY won because they simply OUTBID us. China, in fact, has used it's economy and commerce and
ability to cut trade deals to spread it's influence all over the globe, without a single foreign military base, while the USA has over 1,000 military
bases and installations around the globe, and our trade and influence continues to shrink
, while we run around with our gunboat diplomacy.
I'm sure glad President Kowtow is looking out for America's best interests. I'd hate to think what a President who wasn't would have done
[Or not have done as the case may be]
Ah, so you must be of the President Cowboy mentality - "we invaded your country, used our military to ravage your civilian population, therefore all
your resources belong to us".
As you say, "The US/West does the fighting and dying while other nations move right in and take the booty."
This sentence in your OP is truly disgusting. It shows everything that is wrong with the American attitude; apparently we deserve
because we invaded them? That the fighting and dying was for the booty? If we were interested in that 'booty' then why didn't we bid for it
fairly, like any other nation?
Nothing it seems has changed since the days of General Smedley Butler, "War is a
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one
international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I
believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted
for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."