One just has to read Dr. Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book (which was mentioned in the ‘The Independent’ UK newspaper via http://tinyurl.com/ye3ozac ) to know that the neocons pushed US into the Iraq quagmire to secure the realm for Israel in accordance with their ‘A Clean Break’ agenda (see http://tinyurl.com/2mnptm):
Lucrative Iraqi oil deals going to everyone but — get this — everyone but American firms.
Why is the U.S. losing out in Iraq right now?
What is going on?
I’m Wolf Blitzer.
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Critics of the Iraq War long maintained oil was the driving force behind the U.S. invasion. But the U.S. is actually one of the biggest losers in the latest battle over rights to tap Iraq’s lucrative oil fields.
Get this — the Russians, the Europeans and the Chinese.
Our foreign affairs correspondent, Jill Dougherty, is joining us now with more on this story.
I would assume the U.S. has a right to be pretty angry, given the trillion — maybe a trillion dollars the U.S. taxpayers have spent in Iraq and the thousands of American lives lost.
JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, you know, and when you look at the contracts, you have Russia’s LUKOIL along with Norwegian’s Statoil gaining a huge contract. Chinese got contracts. Even Angola got a contract. Now, it’s not as if the Americans were completely exed out, because Exxon and Occidental as a consortium did get in contracts. This shows business is business, and we’re free from outside influences. In fact today, Wolf, I asked Secretary Clinton about this and she’s putting the best face on it. She says what we think is important is that foreign investment is back in Iraq. If it came out the other way, if Americans got all the contracts, it would be very hard to defend against that idea that the United States went into Iraq because of oil.
BLITZER: It does come at a time, at an awkward moment for the Obama administration. Just the other day Defense Secretary Robert Gates went to Iraq, risking his life still to go there. He had a scheduled meeting with the Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki he says I don’t have time to see you so he went back to his little area, had dinner with other folks. That was pretty shocking.
DOUGHERTY: Pretty notable. They did reschedule it for the next day. But look at his situation, al Maliki is in a very bad domestic situation. They’ve had this spate of terrorist attacks. He’s under the gun, in fact that meeting he went back to was on that subject, and the other part is the elections are coming up March 7th. He has to look as if he’s not under the numb of the Americans.
BLITZER: Still, when you think about it, it’s — I guess it’s pretty shocking given the huge American investment of treasure and blood that was made in Iraq.
DOUGHERTY: That’s really a legitimate point, but I was talking to some experts today. What they say is regardless of who got the contracts, it’s important that the oil industry in Iraq revive. They need money to pay their bills. Look at their budget, it’s primarily due to oil money. So regardless of how it works out, it’s good for Iraq, ultimately good for the world that that oil get back on track.
U.S. firms lag in bids for Iraqi oil
Russians, Europeans and Chinese win most contracts for developing major fields
By Ernesto Londoño
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Great job neocons, massive neocon failure. Thousands dead, billions wasted and China gets the oil.
U.S. Oil Companies Lose Out in Iraq Oil Auction
Posted Dec 14, 2009 by ■ Martin Laine
European and Asian bidders were the big winners in this weekend’s auction of Iraq’s lucrative oil field auction while U.S. companies were left out in the cold.
According to a report in the Financial Times, European companies Royal Dutch Shell, Gazprom, and Lukoil, and Asian companies China’s CNPC and Malaysia’s Petronas were the big winners. This was the second auction of Iraq’s oil reserves, and reportedly the largest in history. The reserves auctioned off total more than the reserves of Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K. combined.
In June, at the first such auction, BP was the first western oil group to be allowed access to the Iraqi fields since the industry was nationalized in 1972.
Speaking before the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus in October, oil magnate T. Boone Pickens said the cost in lives and money entitled U.S. companies to some of the Iraqi crude.
“They’re opening them (oil fields) up to other companies all over the world. We’re entitled to it,” he said. “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.”
American companies won bids on just two of the 10 fields up for auction, surprising many observers.
“Iraq finally opened its doors after six years of war, and instead of U.S. companies, you have Asians and Europeans leading the way,” said Ruba Husari, editor of Iraq Oil Forum.
Analysts said concerns over security, particularly with the recent wave of coordinated bombings, may have kept American companies away.