What a mess! The long term negative consequences of the short-sightedness of
both the Iraqi prime minister and Obama in deciding to not leave a U.S. military
contingency force in Iraq after the main troop withdrawal is becoming more and
more obvious. A big mistake! Trained community organizers don't
make good untrained military commanders. The lack in judgement is totally
obvious. Sadly, Obama has shown a propensity to keep disregarding the expert
advice of his trained military advisors. This disruption in the
world oil market is again showing why the USA needs to continue becoming more
energy independent... especially from non-allies. Obama needs to quit playing
politics regarding the Canadian oil pipeline into the USA and sign off on it.
That would give us much more independence from the usually uncertain Middle
East. The fact that a big Democratic contributer promised $100
million to the Democrat party if Obama doesn't allow the pipeline is an
extremely poor excuse not to. What is best for America should vastly outweigh
money contributions to political parties. Sadly, that's not what Obama is
doing. Instead, he's adding ammo for "worst ever President" title.
Yes. Let's focus on the important things...How's the
oil?People? Meh, who cares!But what about the oil? The
sacred liquid life of the GOP? How is it?Until we put the priorities
of people ahead of the liquid remains of deceased dinosaurs no progress will
ever be made
Is protecting the investment our military personnel made in Iraq the priority?
How about the investment US taxpayers made? Or, is it something someone else has
The war was a lie from the start. Was spending 4,000+ lives worth it, when
leaving Saddam under control was the real answer. One thing that is constant in
business, when evaluating a product's development do not consider sunk
costs.Mr. Cheney and friends will just need to raise a private Army to
protect their oil, I for one will never agree to spend any American lives on a
If the Oil companies want us in Iraq so badly, let them pay the money for the
continued war AND let their sons and daughters go first into the war zone.
Peoples lives are more important than oil. And while we are painting
President's with brushes, let's not forget what President started this
war. Also let us not forget we've been at this mess longer than we were at
war in World War II. We aren't fighting this to win, but to protect the
oil. Better we develop alternative energy sources. And save lives.
@ LittleStream and Itsjstmeagain:What you and other liberals either
conveniently forget or are utterly ignorant about is that a president... any
president... can't unilaterally start a war. It has to be agreed upon by
Congress, which the Iraqi war was. Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and most other
leading democrats voted in favor of invading Iraq... given the best (but
erroneous) intelligence information available at the time. Bush was AUTHORIZED
by Congress So given that verifiable information, today's
leading democrats are just as culpable as President Bush regarding sending and
having young men fight in the Iraqi war. It was a joint, bilateral decision,
agreed upon by both parties in Congress and the public. But because President
Bush happened to be in the oval office at the time, low information liberal
voters like to limit the blame to him for political purposes. Fool yourselves,
but you're not fooling others who objectively follow what has actually
happened and/or is happening. BTW: We've still got 60,000
troops stationed in Japan, left over from the end of WWII. As such, leaving a
few thousand in Iraq for a few more years would've been prudent.
If Maliki was replaced by a prime minister who was going to be balanced, I think
that the Kurds and the Sunnis would come on board and there would be a united
Iraq. (They would probably turn on ISIS). They are pragmatic enough to know
that if they are united they will do better.ISIS is a minority. A
Sunni group who is running the revolt told them, "Even if people aren't
following Shariah Law in dress, don't enforce it." The Kurds have been
able to stand up against them. They said that it was tough because they are
well-trained but they could do it. I read in BBC that the military strength is
as follows: The non-Isis sunnis, the Kurdish peshmerga and then, last of all,
ISIS.I guess Maliki's view was "I have a pen and I will use
it." as opposed to working to get a consensus. I am not surprised that
there is a revolt. He thought that just because he has authority that everyone
will have to do what he tells them to do.
I thought it was about democracy? Who cares about oil? sarcasm off.
@ Screwdriver and The Real Maverick:What you don't seem to
understand is that oil production is the lifeblood of the entire Iraqi economy.
Without it, there would be even greater issues in Iraq and there would then be
little hope for any future there. Compete anarchy would soon reign and turmoil
would grow throughout the entire Middle East. That would allow terrorists an
even greater foothold. And where terrorists exist, people die.Besides that, a fourth of all OPEC oil comes from Iraq. Shut down Iraqi oil
and gasoline prices go up significantly throughout most of the world. The
already struggling economies of the world then suffer. Food production costs and
prices go up resulting in poor people becoming poorer, since they already spend
a greater percentage of their income on food. So if a person can
overcome their initial short-sightedness to this issue, caring what happens
regarding this article's oil is indeed analogous to caring about what
happens to people. You just have to think it through a little further.
i only care about my brothers and sisters in the military. they need to live.the Kurds have peace in their part of Iraq because they are more liberal in
live and let live. the govenment is petty and shite. Channey in the 90s told why
us not to take Iraq over, and all the bad things he said happened. he now has
his thrid iraq idea as bad as his 2nd.none of our affair let middle
easterners take care of their own.
Article title: "Iraq upheaval threatens oil development plans"It is an undisputable fact, from multiple private AND federal government
studies, that the United States has more oil underneath our borders than all of
the Middle East.Research the ANWAR oil field in Alaska and the
Bakken oil fields in the N/S Dakota area and see for yourself.Now,
having said that, you know what I say to this article?Drill here,
drill now, baby!
@Brio"and Obama in deciding to not leave a U.S. military contingency
force in Iraq after the main troop withdrawal is becoming more and more
obvious."He wanted to, Iraq wouldn't allow it.
Copacetic , I understand completely.Iraq was doing fine, including
their oil fields and then republicans led us into bombing Iraq back into the
stone age and it has never recovered. The one thing you can count on
is that SOMEONE will sell the oil in Iraq.
Hey "A Guy with a Brain" -"Drill here, drill now,
baby!"What do you think we're doing now?Domestic oil and gas production has increased significantly on Obama's
watch.And we have had around 1780 rotary rigs drilling for oil and
gas in this nation right now.Check out the latest Baker Hughes rig
count.This would also be a good time to greatly expand renewable
energy sources . . . put up a few hundred thousand wind turbines etc.