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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama 's U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama's ...

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“Arm the homeless!”

Since: Jul 12

The internet

#168254 Aug 20, 2013
I asked for the birthers to prove Obama was from Kenya. This doesn't seem like a difficult task to me being that they are so certain.

What I received as far as replies amounted to "He said so."

Even though this doesn't qualify as evidence using even the loosest sense of the word. I asked to be shown he claimed to be from Kenya.

I have got nothing so far but an Obama joke about his approval ratings, and a blue pamphlet which was not written by Obama. In addition, no one can confirm that he approved the information.

There is plenty of proof in the birth announcements alone that he is from Hawaii.

I want to know how you guys plan to balance this scale.

We already are aware that you lack the ability to establish motive for this theory. Which is a huge hole. Even moon hoaxers can provide motive.

Again, what is your evidence that Obama is from Kenya?

Evidence: something indicative that exemplifies or proves.
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People are not compelled to defend themselves from half baked theories in America. You can't just say "Prove you aren't a criminally insane child molester!"

You need EVIDENCE to the contrary.

That is all I want. Just a scrap of real actual evidence that backs your story. I mean, since you have failed to provide motive. Can you at least prove he is not from Hawaii?

*disclaimer*... I am not a fan of Obama. I am not even what you would call liberal. Unless of coarse you feel anyone who doesn't nod their heads when you speak must be grouped into those against you.
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168255 Aug 20, 2013
Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
<quoted text>
Hummmm, strange bed fewllows. Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski is a Libertarian while Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez is a Liberal Democrat. A lot of people do not understand that Liberals and Libertarians have a lot in common.
They are both anti-war, both isolationists, both Liberal on Religious and Social issues. About the only difference they have is on the size of government.
But in the military they together are less than 10% the rest being moderate Democrats and Republicans and Conservatives.
The Generals who said Iraq and Afghanistan were not winnable told the truth.......

..... PERIOD.

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Orwell Rolls In His Grave

http://orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/trailersstil...
Justice LRS

Shreveport, LA

#168256 Aug 20, 2013
Learn to Read wrote:
<quoted text>
4 or 5 attempts? Published in 2008. Long before bigotsrus.com decided to publish their comparison of a high res photi to a bad copy of a scan
I am bright enough to know an ignorant puss when I see one - you might as well wear a sign board
Actually, you're as bright as a dirt clod. High res? LMAO! Tell me bright one, how does a 50+ year old document remain in such pristine condition? It doesn't. So, where did this document, which is missing information, come from? That green security paper wasn't invented until the 90's, I think. But, you're much too bright to let any of that get by you, right? LMAO!

“Arm the homeless!”

Since: Jul 12

The internet

#168257 Aug 20, 2013
Fox News Propaganda wrote:
<quoted text>
The Generals who said Iraq and Afghanistan were not winnable told the truth.......
..... PERIOD.
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Orwell Rolls In His Grave
http://orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/trailersstil...
I disagree. The U.S. war machine is an absolute buzzsaw. If we were at actual war, three months would be shocking.

Our objectives were not war objectives. We wanted to establish a military presence, set up bases and destabilize a large chunk of the Middle East. Which we have done.

I don't believe there is a thinking person out there who honestly believed we planned to leave.

If Saddam was the issue a single sniper team would have been sufficient.

“Arm the homeless!”

Since: Jul 12

The internet

#168258 Aug 20, 2013
Fox News Propaganda wrote:
<quoted text>
The Generals who said Iraq and Afghanistan were not winnable told the truth.......
..... PERIOD.
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Orwell Rolls In His Grave
http://orwellrollsinhisgrave.com/trailersstil...
Btw... outstanding link.

Really spectacular.
Learn to Read

Indianapolis, IN

#168259 Aug 20, 2013
Justice LRS wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, you're as bright as a dirt clod. High res? LMAO! Tell me bright one, how does a 50+ year old document remain in such pristine condition? It doesn't. So, where did this document, which is missing information, come from? That green security paper wasn't invented until the 90's, I think. But, you're much too bright to let any of that get by you, right? LMAO!
When was it issued moron?

Clue to ignorant puss ... It wasn't 51 years ago
Learn to Read

Indianapolis, IN

#168260 Aug 20, 2013
Romper math:

Date document issued - June 6, 2007

Date of birth - August 4, 1961

Pathetic ignorant puss: "Since Obama was born in 1961 and is now 52 years old, the COLB that was issued in June, 2007 is a 52 year old document"

Gee - no flaw in that "logik".
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168261 Aug 20, 2013
Scrutiny wrote:
<quoted text>
I disagree. The U.S. war machine is an absolute buzzsaw. If we were at actual war, three months would be shocking.
Our objectives were not war objectives. We wanted to establish a military presence, set up bases and destabilize a large chunk of the Middle East. Which we have done.
I don't believe there is a thinking person out there who honestly believed we planned to leave.
If Saddam was the issue a single sniper team would have been sufficient.
Even today the Green Zone is venerable to terrorist attacks and the only secure parts of Iraq are the oil fields.

Blowback with Iraqi and Afghans Citizenry?

ABSOLUTELY YES!

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Iraq Opens Oil Fields To Global Bidding
60% Increase In Output Sought
July 1, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/5d6jkv
BAGHDAD, June 30 -- Iraq's government invited foreign firms Monday to help boost the production of the country's major oil fields, beginning a global competition for access to the world's third-largest reserves.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said the government would seek to tap Western technology and capital to increase Iraqi oil production by about 60 percent, or approximately 1.5 million barrels a day, swelling Iraqi oil revenue and potentially easing tight petroleum markets where prices have doubled in the past year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

The Kurds, Oil and Missing Records
Bush’s Library / November 24, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/lu68prj /
"How fitting is it that this storied political life that began here in Texas will write its final chapters right here in the good old Lone Star state and right here on this campus. Now the work begins to plan and build the site."
– Don Evans, member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and chairman of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, July 17, 2008
Texas oilman Ray Hunt suggested to President Bush in early 2001 that he consider his presidential library to be built in Dallas, Texas on the campus of Southern Methodist University. That summer, Hunt and the president of SMU, Gerald Turner, met with Bush at his ranch in Crawford to discuss the library destination.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/11/24/bush-s...

State Department Inspector to Investigate Texas Oil Company’s Deal in Kurdistan / July 25, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/lkxhod9
BAGHDAD — The State Department’s internal watchdog division will investigate allegations that department officials did nothing to prevent a Texas oil company with close ties to President Bush from concluding an oil deal with the Kurdistan regional government that undermined both American policy and the Iraqi central government
The Kurds’ deal last year with Hunt Oil Company of Dallas — and similar contracts between the Kurds and other energy companies — have infuriated the Iraqi government, which has called them “illegal” attempts to usurp Baghdad’s authority.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/world/middl...
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168262 Aug 20, 2013
Scrutiny wrote:
<quoted text>
Btw... outstanding link.
Really spectacular.
Much Obliged.
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168263 Aug 20, 2013
U.S. officials criticize Hunt Oil's Iraq deal
September 27, 2007 / http://tinyurl.com/myvyamh
BAGHDAD — A controversial deal by the Hunt Oil Co. with an Iraqi regional government faces "significant legal uncertainty" and undermines American efforts to strengthen Iraq's national unity, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Thursday.
The official, who insisted on anonymity, warned that Dallas-based Hunt and a handful of small "wildcat" companies that have signed similar deals could find themselves caught in a legal battle between the Iraqi federal government and the northern, semi-independent Kurdistan region.
"We think that these contracts have needlessly elevated tensions between the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) and the government of Iraq, who both share a common interest in the passage of national legislation," the official said, adding that the United States is "pushing all sides to negotiate in good faith and knock off the things that undermine national unity."
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2007/09/27/20038/u...

Australia’s Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Oil behind Iraq war
The government has admitted the need to secure oil supplies is a factor in Australia's continued military involvement in Iraq.
July 5, 2007 / http://tinyurl.com/yt6tjm
Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said today oil was a factor in Australia's contribution to the unpopular war, as "energy security" and stability in the Middle East would be crucial to the nation's future.
Speaking ahead of a key foreign policy speech today by Prime Minister John Howard, Dr Nelson said defence was about protecting the economy as well as physical security, and it was important to support the "prestige" of the US and UK.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/oil-behin...

The Secret Deal For Iraq’s Oil
August 19th, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/7xo8x9
The Public Record | Four months before the United States invaded Iraq, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, Halliburton Corp., on a secret deal that would give the world’s second largest oil services company total control over Iraq’s oil fields, according to interviews with Halliburton’s most senior executives.
Previously undisclosed Halliburton documents obtained by The Public Record confirm that controlling the world’s second largest oil reserves was a top priority for the Bush administration. Additionally, the deal between the Department of Defense and Halliburton unit Kellogg, Brown & Root to operate Iraq’s oil industry saved Halliburton from imminent bankruptcy.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/contributions/the-se...
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168264 Aug 20, 2013
Oil Companies in Iraq:/ A Century of Rivalry and War
November 2003 / http://tinyurl.com/34jr6
The United States and the United Kingdom did not wage war on Iraq for the officially stated reasons. That much is obvious. The world's superpower and its key ally were not acting because they feared the Iraqi government's weapons of mass destruction or its ties with the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Nor were they fighting to bring democracy to the Middle East, a region where the two governments had long supported reactionary monarchs and odious dictators, including Iraqi president Saddam Hussein himself.
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/oil/2003...

Big Oil Firms Ready to Sign Agreements With Iraq
Two-Year, No-Bid Contracts Aimed at Boosting Production
June 20, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/593rgg
BAGHDAD, June 19 -- Iraq is preparing to award contracts to several Western energy companies to help develop its vast oil resources, allowing them to consolidate their positions in a country that has seemed less threatening in recent months as security has improved.
The two-year, no-bid contracts will be awarded to companies that have been advising the Iraqi Oil Ministry in recent years, said Asim Jihad, a spokesman for the ministry. He said officials expect that U.S.-based Exxon Mobil and Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total and British oil company BP will secure the biggest contracts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Iraq ends year unveiling oil and gas fields for second bidding round
December 31, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/nyavb8k / http://www.iraqoilreport.com/
http://www.iraqoilreport.com/oil/iraq-ends-ye...

Iraq Opens Oil Fields To Western Developers
July 1, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/8h7j3q
Iraq's oil ministry has just opened the doors to several major western oil companies. It's been more than 36 years since companies like Exxon have had access to Iraq's oil fields. And down the road, Iraq's reserves could dramatically increase the world's oil supply.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php...

Privatizing Iraq’s oil
30 March 2007 / http://tinyurl.com/mtw2gmd
The centre-piece of the American strategy in Iraq is about to be completed. New legislation in Baghdad could put the exploration, extraction, transformation and sale of oil in the hands of a handful of US and British multinationals. Resistance by Iraqi trade unions and social movements may be too little, too late
Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani claims that only western multinationals have sufficient skill and experience, as well as the US$20-30bn he claims is needed to modernise the Iraqi oil industry. To circumvent the constitution, which prevents the outright sale of oil fields, his proposed Hydrocarbon Law provides for “Exploration and Risk Contracts” which will enable US and British companies to sign secret contracts with the Iraqi government to manage selected oil fields for up to 25 years, pay less than 10% royalties, and export all profits.
http://journal.alternatives.ca/spip.php...
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168265 Aug 20, 2013
SEE THAT,

THE LIBERALS WERE RIGHT!

ALL ABOUT OIL.

Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil /
17 March 2005 / http://tinyurl.com/53l3r
BBC- The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.
Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protestors claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.
In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists."
"Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan, obtained by Newsnight from the US State Department was, we learned, drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants.
Insiders told Newsnight that planning began "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the September 11th attack on the US.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnig...

Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil ( Part One )
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize." October 16, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/7w7hgy
Iraq is sitting on a mother lode of some of the lightest, sweetest, most profitable crude oil on earth, and the rules that will determine who will control it and on what terms are about to be set.
The Iraqi government faces a December deadline, imposed by the world's wealthiest countries, to complete its final oil law. Industry analysts expect that the result will be a radical departure from the laws governing the country's oil-rich neighbors, giving foreign multinationals a much higher rate of return than with other major oil producers and locking in their control over what George Bush called Iraq's "patrimony" for decades, regardless of what kind of policies future elected governments might want to pursue.
http://www.alternet.org/story/43045/...

Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil (Part Two)
The Bush administration has co-opted the compassionate language of debt relief to ensure that Big Oil gets its way in Iraq.
October 16, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/lrqu98f
With 140,000 U.S. troops on the ground, the largest U.S. embassy in the world sequestered in Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" and an economy designed by a consulting firm in McLean, Va., post-invasion Iraq was well on its way to becoming a bonanza for foreign investors.
But Big Oil had its sights set on a specific arrangement -- the lucrative production sharing agreements that lock in multinationals' control for long terms and are virtually unheard of in countries as rich in easily accessible oil as Iraq.
The occupation authorities would have to steer an ostensibly sovereign government to the outcome they desired, and they'd have to overcome any resistance that they encountered from the fiercely independent and understandably wary Iraqis along the way. Finally, they'd have to make sure that the Anglo-American firms were well-positioned to win the lion's share of the choicest contracts.
http://www.alternet.org/story/43077/bush%27s_...
Justice LRS

Shreveport, LA

#168266 Aug 20, 2013
Hmmm...the country of his birth?

Justice LRS

Shreveport, LA

#168267 Aug 20, 2013
Learn to Read wrote:
<quoted text>
When was it issued moron?
Clue to ignorant puss ... It wasn't 51 years ago
LMAO! What difference does it make when it was issued? It should still look like a 50+ year old document, regardless! Twink thinks you can make an old document look new just by copying it! High res? LMAO!!!
Justice LRS

Shreveport, LA

#168268 Aug 20, 2013
When was I born again? LMAO!

Frito Bandito

Jacksonville, FL

#168269 Aug 20, 2013
They live among us! I bet she voted for Obama!

Please Move The Deer Crossing Sign.
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Since: Oct 09

Moreno Valley, CA

#168270 Aug 20, 2013
loose cannon wrote:
Poppo,
I never once questioned Barack Obama's place of birth.
It didn't matter to me. I knew all along he could not be trusted not matter where he was form.
That makes me better than the Clintons by far.
loose
First of all Loose there was never a reason to question Obama’s birth place. Anyone with a miniscule of common sense should have known the moment Obama produced his “Official certified Hawaiian birth certificate” his POB had been established. I said that with my very first post on this thread.

Birfoon resistance to this simple fact especially in light of the fact that Hawaii state officials from both Political Parties have repeatedly verified the original document’s existence has been nothing short of astonishing.

So without a shred of evidence to the contrary other than wishful thinking the ignorant birfoon had the audacity to challenge “certified facts” with internet rumor, not once, but over 200 times when an ounce of common sense could have save them all that agony from the beginning.(And the birfoon wonders why he was laughed out of every court in the country)

It’s strange how they seem to get it with everyone else’s short form save Obama’s.

Most in the US have never seen a Canadian BC like Rafael’s but no doubt it will be accepted at face value with the wrong name, type written and all.

Rafael Cruz
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/Ted_Cruz_Bi...

Barack Obama.
http://origin.factcheck.org/Images/image/birt...

Mitt Romney.
http://static01.mediaite.com/med/wp-content/u...

Donald Trump
http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/gallery/don...
Frito Bandito

Jacksonville, FL

#168271 Aug 20, 2013
Fox News Propaganda wrote:
SEE THAT,
THE LIBERALS WERE RIGHT!
ALL ABOUT OIL.
Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil /
17 March 2005 / http://tinyurl.com/53l3r
BBC- The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.
Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protestors claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.
In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists."
"Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan, obtained by Newsnight from the US State Department was, we learned, drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants.
Insiders told Newsnight that planning began "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the September 11th attack on the US.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnig...
Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil ( Part One )
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize." October 16, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/7w7hgy
Iraq is sitting on a mother lode of some of the lightest, sweetest, most profitable crude oil on earth, and the rules that will determine who will control it and on what terms are about to be set.
The Iraqi government faces a December deadline, imposed by the world's wealthiest countries, to complete its final oil law. Industry analysts expect that the result will be a radical departure from the laws governing the country's oil-rich neighbors, giving foreign multinationals a much higher rate of return than with other major oil producers and locking in their control over what George Bush called Iraq's "patrimony" for decades, regardless of what kind of policies future elected governments might want to pursue.
http://www.alternet.org/story/43045/...
Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil (Part Two)
The Bush administration has co-opted the compassionate language of debt relief to ensure that Big Oil gets its way in Iraq.
October 16, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/lrqu98f
With 140,000 U.S. troops on the ground, the largest U.S. embassy in the world sequestered in Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" and an economy designed by a consulting firm in McLean, Va., post-invasion Iraq was well on its way to becoming a bonanza for foreign investors.
But Big Oil had its sights set on a specific arrangement -- the lucrative production sharing agreements that lock in multinationals' control for long terms and are virtually unheard of in countries as rich in easily accessible oil as Iraq.
The occupation authorities would have to steer an ostensibly sovereign government to the outcome they desired, and they'd have to overcome any resistance that they encountered from the fiercely independent and understandably wary Iraqis along the way. Finally, they'd have to make sure that the Anglo-American firms were well-positioned to win the lion's share of the choicest contracts.
http://www.alternet.org/story/43077/bush%27s_...
Well, can you put water in your car and drive off? Iraq was a threat to the entire Persian Gulf. Just look at what just the threat of closing the Suez Canal does to the oil market!!!
Why did Saudi Arabia build an oil pipeline that goes through the Golan Heights and into Lebanon for? They were afraid that if the Persian Gulf was closed, or the Suez Canal, their oil could not be delivered.
And that is just one more reason why we should complete the Keystone Pipeline!!!

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#168272 Aug 20, 2013
Fox News Propaganda wrote:
<quoted text>
Even today the Green Zone is venerable to terrorist attacks and the only secure parts of Iraq are the oil fields.
Blowback with Iraqi and Afghans Citizenry?
ABSOLUTELY YES!
==========
Iraq Opens Oil Fields To Global Bidding
60% Increase In Output Sought
July 1, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/5d6jkv
BAGHDAD, June 30 -- Iraq's government invited foreign firms Monday to help boost the production of the country's major oil fields, beginning a global competition for access to the world's third-largest reserves.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said the government would seek to tap Western technology and capital to increase Iraqi oil production by about 60 percent, or approximately 1.5 million barrels a day, swelling Iraqi oil revenue and potentially easing tight petroleum markets where prices have doubled in the past year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
The Kurds, Oil and Missing Records
Bush’s Library / November 24, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/lu68prj /
"How fitting is it that this storied political life that began here in Texas will write its final chapters right here in the good old Lone Star state and right here on this campus. Now the work begins to plan and build the site."
– Don Evans, member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and chairman of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, July 17, 2008
Texas oilman Ray Hunt suggested to President Bush in early 2001 that he consider his presidential library to be built in Dallas, Texas on the campus of Southern Methodist University. That summer, Hunt and the president of SMU, Gerald Turner, met with Bush at his ranch in Crawford to discuss the library destination.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/11/24/bush-s...
State Department Inspector to Investigate Texas Oil Company’s Deal in Kurdistan / July 25, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/lkxhod9
BAGHDAD — The State Department’s internal watchdog division will investigate allegations that department officials did nothing to prevent a Texas oil company with close ties to President Bush from concluding an oil deal with the Kurdistan regional government that undermined both American policy and the Iraqi central government
The Kurds’ deal last year with Hunt Oil Company of Dallas — and similar contracts between the Kurds and other energy companies — have infuriated the Iraqi government, which has called them “illegal” attempts to usurp Baghdad’s authority.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/world/middl...
You do know that since Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq two years ago, it has gotten worse? But you don't care about anything that went bad that happened after Obama entered the White House.
Fox News Propaganda

West Sayville, NY

#168273 Aug 20, 2013
Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
<quoted text>
You do know that since Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq two years ago, it has gotten worse? But you don't care about anything that went bad that happened after Obama entered the White House.
I have already proven too you that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, all LIED about Iraq.

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It's still about oil in Iraq
http://tinyurl.com/y28lea December 8, 2006

A centerpiece of the Iraq Study Group's report is its advocacy for securing foreign companies' long-term access to Iraqi oil fields.

WHILE THE Bush administration, the media and nearly all the Democrats still refuse to explain the war in Iraq in terms of oil, the ever-pragmatic members of the Iraq Study Group share no such reticence.

Page 1, Chapter 1 of the Iraq Study Group report lays out Iraq's importance to its region, the U.S. and the world with this reminder: "It has the world's second-largest known oil reserves." The group then proceeds to give very specific and radical recommendations as to what the United States should do to secure those reserves. If the proposals are followed, Iraq's national oil industry will be commercialized and opened to foreign firms.

The report makes visible to everyone the elephant in the room: that we are fighting, killing and dying in a war for oil. It states in plain language that the U.S. government should use every tool at its disposal to ensure that American oil interests and those of its corporations are met.

It's spelled out in Recommendation No. 63, which calls on the U.S. to "assist Iraqi leaders to reorganize the national oil industry as a commercial enterprise" and to "encourage investment in Iraq's oil sector by the international community and by international energy companies." This recommendation would turn Iraq's nationalized oil industry into a commercial entity that could be partly or fully privatized by foreign firms.

This is an echo of calls made before and immediately after the invasion of Iraq.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-juh...

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The Iraq Study Group Report
James A. Baker, III, and Lee H. Hamilton, Co-Chairs
Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Edwin Meese III,
Sandra Day O’Connor, Leon E. Panetta, William J. Perry, Charles S. Robb,
Alan K. Simpson / http://www.c-span.org/pdf/iraq_study_group_re...

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