U.S. Lacks Confidence in Green Economy; Hedges Bets on Crude Oil and War
The publicity surrounding President Obama’s plan to bring a long-awaited end to the war in Iraq has been positive. The U.S. finally has a road map to get the current war out of Iraq and a strategy to stabilize the war-torn nation. The President has committed to a variation of another promise made to America. We’ve had six dark years of runaway, reckless deficit spending on a war front that drained the national economy under the guise of protecting the nation from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. military has largely paid for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through emergency spending measures, in effect keeping wartime costs off the books. Nearly 4,300 U.S. soldiers have been killed there and an estimated $657 billion has been spent, and yet there is little justification for the costs. Actual costs could surpass $1 trillion depending on who is doing the talking. Many of the corporate buddies of Bush and Cheney have benefited immeasurably from the war. On the other hand, the world is free of an annoying madman that was brought to his untimely end. Either way, the Iraqi people have suffered greatly as well because of their duplicity in the process.
The American people have led the way in promoting the ideals of democracy and we have paid dearly to promote American ideals of freedom whether Iraq wanted that freedom or not. The troops have met with fanatical opposition in a seething religious hotbed of confusion. Considering the role that the U.S. has played, the troops have done a marvelous job at great personal sacrifice. In another eighteen months or so, barring unforeseen circumstances, Iraq will secure the right to once again steer its own destiny. That is what most of the American public wants and we are patting ourselves on the back at the attempt to free our nation from the grip of war. The U.S. is not assured of success in implanting the new democracy and we have done little to secure the oil situation or stability in the region for the long haul. Iraq may prove to be another Vietnam debacle that has borne few benefits to the American public or the nation as a whole. The potential power vacuum may simply be too great.
Yet, the politics of the situation is ignoring another major battle point that is every bit as destructive for much the same reason: oil and oil exploration. The U.S. has become a corporate sponsor for oil on two war fronts while complaining about oil company profits as late as last year. Now that the election is over, the envy over oil company profits is no longer on the political chart and the U.S. is back to business as usual behind the scenes. In Afghanistan, the new pipeline rather than the Taliban is the main reason for securing the region. Many have claimed that U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has nothing to do with oil. Yet, in 2009, the President of a U.S. based oil exploration company has been spending plenty of time in Afghanistan working out recent efforts to bring the physical pipeline through the southern part of Afghanistan in politically unstable territory that remains under Taliban control, despite the overthrow of the Afghanistan Taliban Government. Now, the U.S. is looking at securing new oil wells in the region to supply the pipeline and enrich the supply of oil needed to secure the ongoing battle to rule the region. Part of the pipeline project has been stalled because heavy fighting in the unstable southern district. This small section of the pipeline is a key factor in creating a permanent oil trade route from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean to India, prospering many of the nations in that area and solidifying the U.S. oil supply. Work on oil exploration in the area as well as work on the pipeline continues because of the promise of prosperity and supply resources. In the meantime, the U.S. finds itself locked into another expensive war in an area that has been insecure for two decades.
Clearly the United States hopes to focus energy and resources that have been spent in Iraq on the Afghanistan region to secure the oil pipeline and put down the threat of Taliban terrorism, in effect, killing two birds with one stone. This isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s just more effective corporate business with the hope of increasing profits and the world oil supply. Politics may be talking about a greener economy, but politics and multinational corporations are still working behind the scenes to protect and expand old guard oil interests. Some analysts point out that without a strong military presence, the United States will risk losing much of its diplomatic bargaining power in Iraq or its neighboring countries. Those analysts aren’t looking at Afghanistan. Despite President Obama’s political push for a green economy, the system is still hedging its’ bets on good old crude oil on foreign soil. ~ E. Manning