To the last drop of their oil

By Mr. Fish. From harpers.org (June 10, 2011).

For those of us who have wondered why our President, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner, continues in violation of the War Powers Act, a position so flagrantly offensive that even the flagrantly offensive Bob Corker supports a resolution against the President on this point, it was interesting to peruse an article in today’s Washington Post entitled “U.S. oil companies sit on sidelines as Gaddafi maintains hold.” The paper whose editors and pundits snort with contempt at the notion that any of our rulers would be so base as to conduct war for oil, nevertheless tells us how George W. Bush opened relations with Gaddafi when it looked like Libya was open for business (i.e., oil business for “our” corporations) and now our current leader is closing it down just as “our” oil companies think that Gaddafi is making it unprofitable for them to continue. This latter fact may also explain our willingness to support the rebels in Libya, but not in “friendly” countries such as Bahrain. As we get closer to 2012, it looks more and more like our choice will be between a fourth term of a President in Big Oil’s pocket (one by personal interest, the other out of cravenness) or a Republican without the “compassion.”

Bush shows his successor-elect the ropes (Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images.)

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