June 29, 2006
— Ace Quietly (the media wouldn't want to alert the terrorists!) Iraq has hit a post-Saddam peak for oil production and exports.
For more than two years the attacks came like clockwork. As soon as the military secured and workers repaired the pipelines from Iraq's northern oil fields, just when the valves were about to open, insurgents would strike. But roughly three weeks ago they suddenly stopped, letting crude oil flow freely from Iraq's vast reserves near Kirkuk.
Perhaps insurgents feared reprisals in Salahuddin province, where pipelines from Kirkuk flow to the country's largest refinery in Beiji. Maybe terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death disrupted a chain of command that ordered the attacks, military officials said.
Whatever the cause, the U.S. forces welcome the change, even if history since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 has shown the free flow of oil in Iraq is only temporary at best.
"I just hope that it lasts long enough where people start realizing 'Damn, we're making money. We could be rich like Kuwaitis," said Army Lt. Col. Craig Collier, deputy commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. "But what is really going on? We don't know."
In the past three weeks, Iraq has exported 6.2 million barrels of crude to Turkey from its northern fields. Total exports from Iraq in that period, including the oil fields in the south, have increased to 2.5 million barrels per day, the highest level since the invasion, the Oil Ministry reported.
Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at June 29, 2006 11:49 AM (BXC/2)
Posted by: RoyalOak at June 29, 2006 11:59 AM (/hGhX)
Posted by: Tony B at June 29, 2006 12:00 PM (51ksp)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 29, 2006 12:35 PM (Pwzb0)
/townhall talking points
Posted by: The Warden at June 29, 2006 12:44 PM (rZ5uY)
Posted by: ZRyan at June 29, 2006 01:04 PM (LiJvd)
The liberal blog crooks and liars regulary deletes
posts by conservatives. Very few conservatives can
have an honest debate over there, so very few try to
enter that echo chamber. Can we organize a ConSwarm(tm)
Posted by: Radical Centrist at June 29, 2006 01:10 PM (iWRYt)
Posted by: Drew at June 29, 2006 01:11 PM (Y2fNF)
Posted by: Uniball at June 29, 2006 01:12 PM (27iEn)
Posted by: Leatherneck at June 29, 2006 01:32 PM (D2g/j)
Let freedom pump.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at June 29, 2006 01:37 PM (Hocvw)
Posted by: ZRyan at June 29, 2006 01:38 PM (LiJvd)
Posted by: shawn at June 29, 2006 02:48 PM (yp3GE)
Posted by: Leatherneck at June 29, 2006 02:54 PM (D2g/j)
Ha! (kudos, DiT)
Posted by: Tom M at June 29, 2006 03:44 PM (ARXgj)
The lefts talking point, well one of the few they have-"We went to war for oil, to steal it from the Iraqi's!"
Who is wrong now?
Yea, thats right, lefties and libbies, YOU ARE, Sucker!
Posted by: THANOS at June 29, 2006 03:45 PM (e9LS9)
Posted by: ZRyan at June 29, 2006 03:48 PM (LiJvd)
Posted by: spurwing plover at June 29, 2006 05:38 PM (UdEnh)
Posted by: shawn at June 29, 2006 05:38 PM (yp3GE)
Posted by: Jed Clampett at June 29, 2006 05:42 PM (BPhem)
Posted by: davis,br at June 29, 2006 06:12 PM (60wmB)
I saw during the newsnight, andersen cooper whatever it's called period of CNN time wasting that they actually had a 10 minute segment about people who take advantage of the welfare state, including medicare, social security, and church refunds/exemptions, making US the taxpayers cover their ridiculous lifestyles, and inherrent laziness!!!
Of course the target was the "Jeffs" Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. Any chance of getting them to cover the fraud, and crime within the welfare slums established by the left?
NO! Those are GOOD manipulations of the social program to increase the spread of crime, irresponsibility and poligamy through unmarried promiscuity and procreation, but since these are christians (CRAZY FUCKING CHRISTIANS I admit) it's okay to bash the welfare state then.
Lesson? Only insane right wingers steal from the government, making the perfect liberal eutopia impossible because of their inherrent greed, corruption and criminal mindset.
FUCK THE PRESS!
cocksuckers, even John Lennon was willing to talk about the fucking welfare madonna, LONG before reagen. Assholes.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at June 29, 2006 06:28 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: Wickedpinto at June 29, 2006 07:03 PM (QTv8u)
It's a pattern: they live off our generosity like ticks.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 29, 2006 07:15 PM (Pwzb0)
Christopher, I think what that demonstrates is that terrorists, generally speaking, tend to be people who have no life and create a scapegoat to blame for it. Hitler was also a rather indigent fellow with few successes in life and many failures.
The only immediate counter-example is bin Laden himself; but there may be other reasons for his "career path." First, as they say in marketing, "perception IS reality." Bin Laden may appear to have been born with everything. But who knows what perceived or imagined insults and oppressions he is blaming the West for?
Also, he could be coming to it from the angle of a rich kid who never had any challenges. He thinks God has chosen him to do something great and it finally makes him something on his own account rather than just an extension of his wealthy family.
Or maybe the guy's just an evil schmuck. :-)
Posted by: jhc at June 29, 2006 08:07 PM (+lA9g)
Nothing worse that someone who is only rich cuz someone is so entreanched in faith that they become rich by exploiting it.
Posted by: Wickedpinto at June 29, 2006 08:15 PM (QTv8u)
Posted by: jhc at June 29, 2006 08:27 PM (+lA9g)
I am amused by the "Zarqawi had a Welfare Account in India" story considering that India does not have such a system. We have a "Ration Card" using which poor people can buy cheap grains. I doubt Zarqawi ever visited India, or was desperate enough to get ration card grains.
Posted by: Tushar D at June 30, 2006 03:25 AM (h76y6)
(Yeah, heavy-duty sarcasm here.... ^_^)
Posted by: exdem13 at June 30, 2006 04:06 AM (NRrvx)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 30, 2006 06:57 AM (Pwzb0)
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