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November 16, 2010

American Empire: Afghan Mineral Rights go to Japan

That’s some empire.  More proof that the democracies installed by American military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t “puppets”, but sovereign countries exercising control over their own resources.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said this week that Japan — not the U.S. — takes priority over other nations when it comes to mining his country’s vast mineral deposits.

Karzai made his proclamation during a five-day visit to Japan. Over that same time period, news reports surfaced that Afghanistan and Pakistan planned to negotiate with U.S.-NATO enemies, the U.N. reported that insurgent violence is surging, and Reuters tried to parse the Pentagon’s mixed messages over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

During an appearance at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Karzai focused on his country’s mineral deposits. He pointed to Japan’s status as Afghanistan’s second-biggest donor, and reasoned that Japan should enjoy special access to Afghan resources with estimated values that range from $1-3 trillion dollars.

“Morally, Afghanistan should give access as a priority to those countries that have helped Afghanistan massively in the past few years,” Karzai told the institute.  “What . . . we have to reciprocate with is this opportunity of mineral resources, that we must return at the goodwill of the Japanese people by giving Japan priority to come and explore and extract,” Karzai said.

Looking to the future, Karzai echoed an internal Pentagon memo and said that the mining will define Afghanistan, “Whereas Saudi Arabia is the oil capital of the world, Afghanistan will be the lithium capital of the world…. And Japan is welcome to participate in the lithium exploration in Afghanistan.”

An analysis by The New York Times would suggest that the vast majority of Afghans should not share Karzai’s optimism about the deposits:

Source

First, Iraqi oil rights that go to China, France, and Norway instead of to us.  Now Afghan mineral rights that go to Japan.   So where is all that cheap oil from Iraq we were promised by the anti-war Left, anyway?  Where are the Afghan oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea?  And now they tell us we have to buy our lithium from frikin Japan?  That is outrageous.  Where are my spoils of war?  Where is my loot?  Where are my barbarian sex slaves?  What kind of an empire is this anyway?  Will those Leftists so fond of branding America an “empire” modify their narrative in the face of so many inconvenient truths?  Not in the slightest.  That’s their anti-American story, and they’re sticking to it.

August 25, 2010

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on GZ Mosque

We are the most tolerant country on earth.  It’s time for Islam to reciprocate some of that tolerance.

“These people are playing the Liberal Establishment elite for all it’s worth.”

July 20, 2010

Arabs choose Israel over a nuclear Iran

Filed under: Iraq, Israel — Tags: — Jesusland @ 09:43

Via The Blogmocracy:

Not surprising. For all their Islamic hatred, the Arabs know that Israel is a rational nation with high moral scruples. That is why they have lived for over 40 years with the knowledge of an Israeli bomb because they know that Israel is not going to go postal on them and start dropping it on Damascus, Cairo, Riyadh,  and Baghdad. The Iranians are another story altogether.

by Alexander Smotczyk and Bernhard Zand

It is early in the morning on the wharfs in Sharjah, just below the Museum of Islamic Civilization, where the heavy wooden ships known as dhows are being loaded with cargo. Pakistani laborers hoist engine blocks, plasma monitors and mineral oil into the ships’ holds. When asked where the dhows are headed, they say, matter-of-factly: “Iran.”

Trade between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their neighbor across the Strait of Hormuz is an everyday occurrence that hardly deserves mention on the docks.  The same families are often on both shores. The business relationships between them have grown over generations and are more enduring than any war or embargo.

Of course, shipping engine blocks to the Iranian port city of Bandar-e Lengeh is not prohibited. But the busy import and export trade in the dhow ports of the emirates of Sharjah, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah shows how difficult it is to isolate Tehran.

This makes the words uttered last Tuesday by the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, in Aspen, Colorado, more than 12,500 kilometers to the west, all the more interesting. Otaiba was attending a forum at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, and the mood was relaxed, or at least it was too relaxed for diplomatic restraint.

The discussion revolved around the Middle East. When asked whether the UAE would support a possible Israeli air strike against the regime in Tehran, Ambassador Otaiba said: “A military attack on Iran by whomever would be a disaster, but Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger disaster.”

Read the rest.

July 4, 2010

“The Surge: The Untold Story” (bumped)

This is the Iraq War movie Hollywood will never make.  Simply EPIC.

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January 30, 2010

Terrorism Goes Green

Osama Bin Laden calls for green jihad:

CAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday.

In the tape, broadcast in part on Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden warned of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.

He blamed Western industrialized nations for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and called for “drastic solutions” to global warming, and “not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.”

Bin Laden has mentioned climate change and global warning in past messages, but the latest tape was his first dedicated to the topic. The speech, which included almost no religious rhetoric, could be an attempt by the terror leader to give his message an appeal beyond Islamic militants.

The al-Qaida leader also targeted the U.S. economy in the recording, calling for a boycott of American products and an end to the dollar’s domination as a world currency.

“We should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible,” he said. “I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America.”

He argued that such steps would also hamper Washington’s war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yeah, because Osama is such an “environmentalist.” A regular tree-hugging greenie, that one.

It seems everybody has their own little private little pet reasons for jumping on the global warming bandwagon.  Osama is just a little more upfront with it than most.

January 25, 2010

US Marines Wrap Up Mission in Iraq

Our Marines leave Iraq victorious, despite the tireless efforts by so many on the Left and within the Democratic party to see that they surrender, or famously, “re-deploy” to Okinawa.

BAGHDAD  —  The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place.

If all goes as planned, the last remaining Marines will be followed out by tens of thousands of soldiers in the coming months. President Obama has ordered all but 50,000 troops out of the country by Aug. 31, 2010, with most to depart after the March 7 parliamentary election.

The remaining troops will leave by the end of 2011 under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact.

The changeover at Ramadi, west of Baghdad, leaves the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division with responsibility over both Baghdad and Anbar, the vast desert province that stretches from western Baghdad to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

As many as 25,000 Marines were in Iraq at the peak, mostly in Anbar province. The few thousand who remain — except for U.S. Embassy guards and advisers in Baghdad — are expected to ship out in a matter of weeks.

Article.

A great victory for the U.S. Marines and for all of our servicemen.  It’s also a victory for President George W. Bush whose surge nobody believed in, and who was unyielding in his commitment to a free and democratic Iraq.  Below the vile and disgusting (soon ex) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) attempting to engineer our defeat and surrender for purely partisan purposes:

Harry Reid: “This war is lost.”


January 13, 2010

Barack Obama: Chicken Hawk

Cindy Sheehan: those aren't happy tears.

If there was such a thing as a Nobel War Prize, CCHQ would nominate Barack Obama.  You got to wonder what his base is going to think about this.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned. 

The administration is also plans to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.

The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.

The request for that additional funding will be sent to Congress at the same time as the record spending request for next year, making war funding an especially difficult pill for some of Obama’s Democratic allies.

U.S. officials outlined the coming requests on condition of anonymity because the budget request will not be sent to Congress until later this month.

Article, here.

What can I say, Barry’s a warmonger!  It is, after all, what Barack Obama promised to do–win the war in Afghanistan.  But his deranged base thought he was just kidding in order to capture some flyover votes.  Who can blame them, so did we!  You got to hand it to Barry, he’s no Dennis Kucinich.

December 27, 2009

Big Oil Not So Big

Remember all that Iraqi oil Bush was accused of destroying the Twin Towers over?  Remember how we invaded Iraq to steal all the oil and make slaves of the Iraqi people?  Apparently those wrecked towers, and all that American blood and treasure got the “Big Oil” puppetmasters nothing.

U.S. Companies Shut Out as Iraq Auctions Its Oil Fields

Those who claim that the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 to get control of the country’s giant oil reserves will be left scratching their heads by the results of last weekend’s auction of Iraqi oil contracts: Not a single U.S. company secured a deal in the auction of contracts that will shape the Iraqi oil industry for the next couple of decades. Two of the most lucrative of the multi-billion-dollar oil contracts went to two countries which bitterly opposed the U.S. invasion – Russia and China – while even Total Oil of France, which led the charge to deny international approval for the war at the U.N. Security Council in 2003, won a bigger stake than the Americans in the most recent auction. “[The distribution of oil contracts] certainly answers the theory that the war was for the benefit of big U.S. oil interests,” says Alex Munton, Middle East oil analyst for the energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, whose clients include major U.S. companies. “That has not been demonstrated by what has happened this week.”

In one of the biggest auctions held anywhere in the 150-year history of the oil industry, executives from across the world flew into Baghdad on Dec. 11 for a two-day, red-carpet ceremony at the Oil Ministry, broadcast live in Iraq. With U.S. military helicopters hovering overhead to help ward off a possible insurgent attack, Oil Minister Hussein Al-Shahrastani unsealed envelopes from each company, stating how much oil it would produce, and what it was willing to accept in payment from Iraq’s government. Rather than giving foreign oil companies control over Iraqi reserves, as the U.S. had hoped to do with the Oil Law it failed to get the Iraqi parliament to pass, the oil companies were awarded service contracts lasting 20 years for seven of the 10 oil fields on offer – the oil will remain the property of the Iraqi state, and the foreign companies will pump it for a fixed price per barrel.

Far from behaving like the war-ravaged, bankrupt country that it is, Iraq heavily weighted the contracts in its own favor, demanding a low per-barrel price and signing bonuses of up to $150 million. Only one U.S. company, Occidental Petroleum Corp., joined the bidding last weekend, and lost. (ExxonMobil had hoped to land the lucrative Rumaila field, but lost out to an alliance between the Chinese National Petroleum Company and BP because it declined the Iraqi government’s $2-a-barrel fee.)

That might have been the thinking of U.S. oil giants, which largely stayed away from last week’s bidding, and which have failed to negotiate oil deals with Iraq’s government outside of the public auction process. Iraqi officials say they are not awarding contracts based on political considerations, but simply a straight comparison of prices and production targets. “The bidding was extremely tough,” said one official in Baghdad, in an email. “My guess is that [the U.S. companies] could not match the offers from others.” In Iraq, at least, the victor has no special claim on the spoils of war.

So “big oil” isn’t so big after all. Not that I care which oil companies secure the contracts, as the oil ends up on the same global market anyway.  This is only noteworthy because it puts to rest the college dormroom level attacks on Bush and the Iraq war we’ve all had to endure for the last 8 years.  Because this proves Iraq is a sovereign country.  It’s as free as any country the Middle East has ever been.  And it’s free and sovereign, not because of the likes of Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, Harry Reid, et al.  Far from it.  Everything they wished for Iraq would have guaranteed chaos and neverending civil war.  All because of their hatred of Bush.  That cowboy.  That moron.  The guy who liberated more Iraqis than a thousand Amnesty Internationals writing a thousand letters a day for a thousand years could ever hope to liberate.  That’s why Iraq is free today.  The guy who stuck to his guns, while the war’s detractors vanished into thin air the minute Barack Obama was elected to office; their position on Iraq not so principled as we’d been led to believe.  And had they succeeded in driving Bush out of Iraq, they would have made themselves equally as scarce as that country descended into genocidal anarchy.  But where did all those war protesters go anyway?  I see them pop up occassionally in the comments sections across the internet, but the streets are clean of them.  Were they against the war, or were they against Bush?  Methinks CCHQ will have to devote some time in the future to that question.  In the 70s, anti Vietnam war protests also mysteriously vanished when the draft was abolished.  Apparently it was the draft they were against, not the war.  And if the Left thinks Iraq exercising its sovereignty is Obama’s doing, they simply aren’t aware that Iraq was giving away oil contracts to non-U.S. companies long before Obama was even a twinkle in their eye.  Not a single U.S. oil company won a contract to extract Iraqi oil.  I am all for America acting in its own enlightened self-interest and reaping the benefits.  But this is also something to be proud of.  We aren’t stealing their oil, or telling them how to run their business.  Iraq is a free and sovereign country.  That is all the vindication you need, gentle readers.  You were right, they were wrong.

H/T: Worth Reading

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