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On March 18th I put together a post concerning why the Obama administration started a war in Libya. Contrary to the "liberal" NY Times at the time, who said that Obama started dropping bombs in Libya because "the political imperative" was such that the U.S. couldn't simply watch "from the sidelines while a notorious dictator violently crushed a democratic rebellion".....The Reverend suggested, with evidence, that U.S. leadership was starting yet another war over oil.
Naturally, less informed readers of this lowly blog accused me of being a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist. My friend, King....responded this way...
"Didn't Libya have oil before the last couple weeks too ? You're raving, Reverend."
"This post is typical. The Reverend will be selling 'Go Gaddafi" t-shirts in the lobby for $19.95 after the show.
If we may exit the Reverend's conspiracy world for a moment and enter the real world, Gaddafi is bombing the rebels and has ordered his forces as follows -"You all go out and cleanse the city of Benghazi"."
What was amusing to me at the time was the fact that my friend, the anti-Obamaite, Da King, apparently had bought into Obama's justification for attacking the sovereign country of Libya.
Obama in March....
“We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.”
Of course we stand idly by when tyrants use violence against their own people. Bahrain, Syria, Yemen......there are many places where America does just that.....stands idly by while foreign leaders abuse their citizens. To the U.S., the safety of foreign civilians is not quite as important as something else.....and that is, the liberation of oil reserves that western industrialized nations depend upon.
With that background.....it is imperative for readers to digest this new Washington Post article on Libya, the U.S. and oil.
A few excerpts....
In 2004, President George W. Bush unexpectedly lifted economic sanctions on Libya in return for its renunciation of nuclear weapons and terrorism. There was a burst of optimism among American oil executives eager to return to the Libyan oil fields they had been forced to abandon two decades earlier.
In late February 2008, (ConocoPhillips chief executive Jim) Mulva was “summoned to Sirte for a half-hour ‘browbeating’ ” from Gaddafi, according to a U.S. State Department cable made available by WikiLeaks. Gaddafi “threatened to dramatically reduce Libya’s oil production and/or expel . . . U.S. oil and gas companies,” the cable said.
....oil industry executives say companies such as ConocoPhillips and Marathon have each invested about $700 million over the past six years.
When Gaddafi made his deal with Bush in 2004, he had hoped that returning foreign oil companies would help boost Libya’s output, which had dipped below 2 million barrels a day after reaching 3 million in the early 1970s.
“Oil companies were extremely excited to move into a territory that had been neglected for 20 years,” said Geoff D. Porter, a political risk and security consultant specializing in North Africa and the Sahara. He said experts believed that only 30 percent of Libya had been explored and that there was “much more oil to be discovered.”
But then, Gaddafi became dissatisfied.....he felt like his countries' resources were being unjustly exploited by western capitalists.....
By November 2007, a State Department cable noted “growing evidence of Libyan resource nationalism.” It noted that in his 2006 speech marking the founding of his regime, Gaddafi said: “Oil companies are controlled by foreigners who have made millions from them. Now, Libyans must take their place to profit from this money.” His son made similar remarks in 2007.
"Libyan resource nationalism". Silly Libya leaders, thinking that the oil under the ground in their own country.....belonged to them.
Here's proof positive that our State Department is nothing more than an international adjunct of U.S. multi-national corporations....
“Those who dominate Libya’s political and economic leadership are pursuing increasingly nationalistic policies in the energy sector that could jeopardize efficient exploitation of Libya’s extensive oil and gas reserves,” the cable concluded.
In 2008 a Libyan oil minister, Shokri Ghanem "warned an Exxon Mobil executive that Libya might 'significantly curtail' it's oil production to 'penalize the U.S.'"
By early this year, oil production in Libya dropped to 1.5 million barrels per day.....
The big oil companies, several of which had drilled dry holes, felt that Libya was not making the best exploration prospects available. One major company privately said that it was on the verge of a discovery but that unrest cut short the project.
The U.S. attack on Libya is very obviously Obama's Iraq. Like Bush before him, Obama purposely misled the American people into believing that our military needed to start dropping "freedom bombs" on oil-rich Libya to protect innocent Libyans from a brutal dictator, you know, like Saddam.
When the truth is, just like with Iraq, the U.S. military is dropping "freedom bombs" in Libya because of Libya's oil reserves. The U.S. military's top priority is no longer to defend America from enemies....not really. Our military's top priority is to liberate foreign assets and natural resources from stubborn foreign leaders who think those assets and resources belong to them.
Our military has become little more than a private security force for U.S. multi-national corporations. Americans pay for a bloated $700 billion annual Defense budget so that the interests of a few very big corporations can be served.
If you have genuine interest in understanding why America's foreign policy is what it is....the WAPO article is a must read. I recommend following the WAPO piece up by reading Glenn Greenwald's excellent commentary on this topic.