Again Jacques, nations control the price of oil as 90% of all oil is controlled by .... governments. The twelve larges petro companies are OWNED by countries. Like Gasprom from Russia or ARAMCO by Saudi Arabia!<quoted text>
So you know for sure that LBJ was one of my guys. Well, well. Pretty perspicacious of you, Rogue, as always. He was as far as getting the civil rights bill through, but it ends there. He escalated the Vietnam war and for that can never be forgiven, and he paid for it in 1968. I don't care what party any head of state belongs to, it's him or her I assess, not the party. Johnson's not one of my heroes. Maybe yours because he kept the war going.
As to Halliburton, and that French company, damn it,I forget its name, Zimmerman or something, well, seems we haven't much choice but deal with them. That does not give them licence to screw the people and the govt, and for elected officials to lie in bed with them. As to the missing $1.2 billion, quite a detailed article in Vanity Fair, not to mention why GWB's attorney general Alberto Gonzales had to resign under pressure for all the leeway he was giving Halliburton and its ghost subsidiaries in Iraq and how, thanks to the AG, they were practically above the law and not "sueable". Yes, I like to gas up, but should I be grateful? No. The oil companies should be grateful I'm buying their product. You have it the other way around, Rogue, always kneeling to big multinationals. You're paying, Rogue, they can't do without you, start acting like the client, not the slave that owes them. You owe them squat. I worked more than a decade in retail and let me tell you, I was grateful for our clientèle, did not and never expected it to be grateful to me.
And the president of these United States can shut down all petroleum on fedral lands and waters with just a wave of his pen.