T. Boone Pickens lashes out at British Petroleum and the China National Petroleum Corporation granted contracts for auctioned off Iraqi oil fields. (h/t: Democracy Now!)
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, speaking in front of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus Wednesday, “complained that the Iraqi government has awarded contracts to foreign companies, particularly Chinese firms, to develop Iraq’s vast reserves while American companies have mostly been shut out”, Tom Doggett reports at Reuters.
“They’re opening them (oil fields) up to other companies all over the world, the tycoon said, adding: “We’re entitled to it. Heck, we even lost 5,000 of our people, 65,000 injured and a trillion, five hundred billion dollars…. We leave there with the Chinese getting the oil.”
At the World Business Forum earlier this month, Mr. Pickens said it wouldn’t “look like we were at war for oil” because the Bush Administration’s “term was up”, adding the China “did not lose a person over there and never paid a dime on the war.”
Zaid Jilani at Think Progress adds some Truth medicine to Mr. Pickens’ public projectile vomiting:
“Unfortunately for Pickens and others who feel that the U.S. can freely exploit Iraq’s oil because we invaded it, the U.S. is a signatory to the Hague Conventions, which specifically bar the confiscation of private property by occupying powers. And while Pickens is right that the invasion cost us tremendously in both blood and treasure, it is Iraqis who have suffered the most. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed in the war, millions fled the country, and the nation’s infrastructure remains in tatters.”
As many as two million Iraqis have died due the economic warfare of the Clinton Administration, the war waged by the Bush Administration and the continued occupation of the Obama Administration. Yet, the post-Saddam Iraqi government is auctioning the oil fields off to the highest bidders—those privileged most by the sector of criminal international banksters’ collaboration with the aggression of the State.
British Petroleum and the China National Petroleum Corporation made swift grabs at the first round of bidding.
Ann Garrison at the San Fransisco Examiner added that there’s something sobering in Mr. Pickens’ comments:
But, we can at least thank him for reminding us, yet again, that the Iraq War, like the Afghanistan War, and the covert U.S. war in Africa, a.k.a., AFRICOM, are not about terrorism; they’re about oil—and natural gas.
Ms. Garrison sent a letter to Cindy Sheehan who lost her son, Casey, in the war asking “how much oil she thinks T. Boone Pickens, and/or Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Koch Industries, etc., are entitled to for Casey Sheehan’s life, plus 4,000 more and counting”.
Another slice of vile ignorance in the oil tycoon’s statement is that China artifically propped up the value of the U.S. dollar increasing its holding in U.S. bonds so the $1.5tn could be spewed from the printing press. Clearly, it was an investment. Like any loan shark who knows the lender can never make good, China rationalized their investment with the worst case scenario of exploiting the U.S. military to train the Iraq government like an obedient dog to give it a ‘preferred deal’ on the oil fields. Now, the U.S. is China’s obedient dog, the troops are the puppies and the people of Iraq are the Kibbles n’ Bits.
Collaborators with the State should not be rewarded for its plunder, but held liable. The Iraqi people should not be collectively held liable—as T. Boone Pickens suggests—for the thousands of U.S. troops dead, tens of thousands injured and the unknown amount of psychological trauma spreading to inflict troops’ families at home. How dare he say that him and his cronies are “entitled” to be compensated for nothing. I call it ‘projectile vomiting’ because it’s sick.
Let’s be honest, here. T. Boone Pickens is saying those who’ve lost blood, treasure and sanity should be held liable for its existence in the global plantation.
The profiteers of the $1.5tn robbery and the millions of lives destroyed should be held liable. The corporations that feed on the fruits of labor stolen from individuals and future generations into enslaving debt. The corporations where the risk of death and poverty is forced among the many and the rewards are pocketed by those few. The corporations which produce nothing but products to enable destruction, potentially infinite.