US companies left out in the cold on Iraq oil deals

Reply Sat 19 Dec, 2009 03:38 pm


Those who claim that the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 to get control of the country's giant oil reserves will be left scratching their heads by the results of last weekend's auction of Iraqi oil contracts: Not a single U.S. company secured a deal in the auction of contracts that will shape the Iraqi oil industry for the next couple of decades. Two of the most lucrative of the multi-billion-dollar oil contracts went to two countries which bitterly opposed the U.S. invasion " Russia and China " while even Total Oil of France, which led the charge to deny international approval for the war at the U.N. Security Council in 2003, won a bigger stake than the Americans in the most recent auction. "[The distribution of oil contracts] certainly answers the theory that the war was for the benefit of big U.S. oil interests," says Alex Munton, Middle East oil analyst for the energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, whose clients include major U.S. companies. "That has not been demonstrated by what has happened this week."

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Reply Sat 19 Dec, 2009 04:07 pm
That's more confirmation than news. All you can do with oil is sell it or burn it. Now, why would one country invade another to make them sell oil on the international markets, when that same country supported sanctions preventing it from selling oil on the international markets. And no matter who gets the contracts, all they can do with the oil is, guess what, sell it, or burn it.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Sat 19 Dec, 2009 04:18 pm
Well, you certainly know a) where those oil fields are situated, and b) what's going on with the Kurdish oilfields?
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