Opinion: Oil Wars in Afghan-Iraq Awarded Oil to China

18 06 2014
That Much Petroleum is That Much Bullshit.   (Please excuse the language.)
China Won the Oil  War, and the Shale Oil Revolution is About to Shrivel Up.
By Nicholas C. Arguimbau
Wall Street is the government, and the New York Times is right across town.  Maybe that’s all you need to know to understand what’s happened.
In January, 2011, this writer published a four-part article  in Countercurrents and elsewhere entitled “The War: Did We Sacrifice A Million Lives And A $Trillion Cash Just To Hand Our Jobs To China?,http://www.countercurrents.org/arguimbau270111.htm,.  It was long (around 40 pages) and I must admit a little confusing, because the information was so stunning that I had a difficult time understanding what I was reading.  The gist of the article was that Big Oil had asked Congress in 1998 to remove the Taliban so as to allow the building of a pipeline that would let Mideastern oil go to “the right markets”  “The right markets”?  Guess.  The US and Europe, of course.  Wrong.  India and China.  Those, it was explained, were “the right markets” because the oil market was stagnating in the US and Europe and actively growing in India and China.  Hardly, it would seem, something for the US to go to war for.  But then Wall Street is the government.
We went to war against the Taliban in 2001 shortly after the US negotiators with the Taliban for permission to let the pipeline be built  told them, according to two well-respected French journalists, “You can have a carpet of gold [if you allow the pipeline] or a carpet of bombs [if you don’t].”  Really?”  Yes.  That’s a 13-year-old story. The Taliban, as the well-documented story goes, chose the “carpet of bombs,” we won the military war and our chosen successor to the Taliban, Hamid Karzai, promptly started to negotiate to get oil and natural gas to “the right markets.”   And his administration, in a reportedly “fixed” deal, also  sold China the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposits at a staggeringly reduced price, despite there having been an American bidder among those seeking the deposits.  The Afghan press announced, “China won the War.”  Stunning, given the level of corruption in Afghanistan, that OUR chosen successor to the Taliban gave China rather than the US the hot deals in  in oil, natural gas ansd copper.  Why, unless that was what in fact the United States government (Wall Street remember?) intended, would our chosen successor to the Taliban in a notoriously corrupt country give China the goodies?  George Monbiot wrote in November 2001 that the war was about oil, and we would put in a puppet who would assure we got it all and China and Russia got nothing.  Nice try, George, but something was missing in your analysis. Wall Street and the US megacorporations?
A mystery.  Then we went to Iraq and undertook a “regime change” by force..   If the cynics were right that the war was about oil, surely the new regime would be primed to assure the United States would get a “fair”  share of the oil.  Indeed, a major field, in a non-auctioned deal, wss split between Russia and Exxon Mobil, but then came the auction, in December2009, of Iraq’s other major fields.  There were bidders from the East, particularly a Chinese-Malaysian partnership, but not one American oil company participated in the auction..  They were “noticeably absent” according to the Iraqi press.  Needless to say, they got none of the oil, which instead went to “the right markets”  So “China won the war,” again.   Iraq laid out a literal red carpet and the whole thing was televised.  Transparency in government.. As for Exxon-Mobil it spent years wrangling with our puppets, finally gave up, and recently sold its share to China.
It is hard to believe that China would get everything and the US would get nothing from  our chosen regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq unless that is what our government intended.  What are “puppet” governments for, after all?    Instead of trouncing the Chinese, “we” laid out a red carpet for them.  But why?  My article explored that question, too.  There has been a massive flight to China of “American” megacorporations in recent years – .GM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Pfizer,the oil companies themselves, including BP, the funder of the Harvard report discussed below.   Try to find an “American” high-tech product that isn’t produced in China.The manufacturing sector of the United States economy is down to 12 percent and dropping.  “American” manufacturers need an assured supply of oil in an era in which conventional oil is anything but assured..   We know how corrupt Congress is, so is it going to bring the spoils of war to the US when the megacorporations don’t need oil here but need it in China where they have resettled their  their manufacturing operations?    If the wars were about oil as the cynics say, then we would have to arrange for our chosen “puppet”regimes to turn over the spoils of war to “the right markets” where “American” business is now booming.  And that is what happened.  It makes perfect sense in a warped way.
Anyhow, that was the gist of my January  2011 article. Just about no one read it,  The article is still there if you want links to the sources,.
Two and a half years later, and four years after the auctton, the New York Times announced in June, 2013, “China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom,” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/world/middleeast/china-reaps-biggest-benefits-of-iraq-oil-boom.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.  Pretty different from how George Monbiot had things figured  in 2001.
Go figger.    Now is a hopeful time to discover that China won the war.  After all, as the Times said, “With the boom in American domestic oil production in new shale fields surpassing all expectations over the last four years, dependence on Middle Eastern oil has declined, making access to the Iraqi fields less vital for the United States.”  



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