A Good Question

I am an avid supporter of our efforts in Iraq, but an article on CNN.com brought to light a good question about the Iraqi government.

Two senators are asking congressional investigators to look at Iraq’s oil revenues and see if the war-ravaged nation can pay for its own reconstruction, an effort that has been bankrolled to this point mostly by U.S. taxpayers.

Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and John Warner, R-Virginia, said in their Friday letter to the Government Accountability Office that Iraq has “tremendous resources” in banks worldwide but is doing little to improve security and reconstruction efforts.

Iraqi officials did not immediately respond to the senators’ allegations.

Sounds a little harsh until you consider the facts….

Using numbers from the U.S. State Department and Iraqi Oil Ministry, the senators said Iraq hopes to produce 2.2 million barrels of oil a day this year. Weekly averages suggest that the number has climbed as high as 2.51 million barrels a day.

That kind of oil production could earn Iraq a projected $56.4 billion this year, an estimate the senators say is low given the rising cost of crude.

“In essence, we believe that Iraq will accrue at least $100.0 billion in oil revenues in 2007 and 2008,” the letter said.

It added, “Our conversations with both Iraqis and Americans during our frequent visits to Iraq, as well as official government and unofficial media reports, have convinced us that the Iraqi government is not doing nearly enough to provide essential services and improve the quality of life of its citizens.”

I’m a little frustrated about paying $3.10 a gallon at the pump to fuel my car.  I guess that has tainted my view of this.  But I have always been a little critical of the Iraqi government’s efforts to secure their nation with less US assistance in terms of providing for their own security and providing basic services for their people.

I am happy to help the Iraqis militarily.  We should not leave Iraq until the job is done, but it’s time to let go of the handlebars sometimes  and let them start to pedal on their own.  If Iraq were to start using some of that vast oil wealth, they could decrease the US taxpayer burden.  I know that would make our efforts in Iraq a lot more palatable to many Americans.  I believe it is time to start the weaning process.

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6 thoughts on “A Good Question

  1. well maybe you dont know your shit but being an “avid supporter of our efforts in iraq” has everything to do with oil. you’re offering solutions like “if iraq would use they’re oil they’d be fine” thats the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. they’re not using their oil because someone else is! and that someone is you and all the avid supporters of the efforts in iraq! o and by the way you said, “we should stay in iraq until the jobs done” hmmm well maybe you cant enlighten me on what the job actually is? you’re right we should stay in iraq until bush can run the greatest nation in the world into the ground, again a great idea! i dont mean to be so harsh but your views and opinions are so uneducated and skewed its hard to read this….

  2. Nick,

    “Uneducated & skewed” does not describe thoughtful analysis. It does; however, describe the undocumented bag of bellicose blather you just regurgitated. Tell me, will Michael Moore get residuals because of that?

    We’re using up their oil? And how do you manage to say that is benefiting the American people who are paying massive prices?

    We have not stolen oil. So drop that ridiculous wing-bag of an argument. Phil’s point is that the world is willing to pay for it. Iraq in and of itself could then pay for some of their own without having us spoon-feed them.

    As an avid anti-war goon, you’ve just sold your base short. At least be true to them and blather on about how Bush has already run the country into the ground, he’s been President for eight years and according to you, we still haven’t gotten their yet.

    Bombings are happening all over the world. Terrorists aren’t playing with you – they never were. People like you have prevented us from fighting this war in the most effective way possible which is to handle it the way FDR did.

    If you were alive during WW2, you would have really been crying.

    The fact is we need a foothold in Iraq. The fact is terrorists have one in Iran because of Jimmy Carter. The fact is they would have one here if people like you had their way. Keep on making excuses for terrorism all you want, but some of us know better.

    And unless your willing to peddle your bike all over town, shut up about American consumption. You’re no better than anyone else. We pay for our consumptions fair and square and keep the rest of the world afloat because of it.

    They must conform to our life if they wish to continue to receive our support. That’s the only way these issues will begin to heal.

  3. You know, Nick. You’re so right. That was a fine piece of commentary. It has me convinced now. I bet they would offer you a column at the New York Times or The New Republic with such thoughtful, insightful analysis. You are truly an model voice of the left-wing.

    But seriously – I’d like to implore any lefties who might comment on this board to try and be coherent and rational when posting (if that’s possible). This example of shrill, psycho-babble does nothing to further the cause of the left.

    If we were taking all of Iraq’s oil for ourselves, I wouldn’t be paying $3.10 a gallon at the pump. And yeah, Nick – I do know my shit. If you want to engage in a battle of wits or knowledge, you better go find some better weapons and come back. Just because you disagree with my assessment doesn’t make me unknowledgeable or uneducated. I just have a different worldview than you and a knack for seeing events as they are (through the lens of reality).

    And to think, I was afraid that my original post might seem too conciliatory to libs who wanted us to wash our hands of Iraq. I guess you can’t ever please those guys.

  4. Well, you two seem to have well enough in hand. I think that we just need to add this:

    Nick, just because you can yell more loudly or more shrilly (like a spoiled girl) doesn’t mean you know anything and it doesn’t mean you are right.

    It does, however, make you look stupid.

  5. Actually, the issue is deeper than was discussed to this point (apologizing for my absence here, I’ve been on vacation and out of town with horse events).

    We have what is called a supply shortage. And that is due in part to two things here at home:
    1. the fact that we can’t drill for oil on our own freakin’ soil and,
    2. that we can’t build a damned refinery either.

    If we were able to build refineries and drill for our own oil, we’d be back to paying $2/gallon.

    Furthermore, if we didn’t have 26 different fuel blends that might help too. Why, prey tell, do we need 26 different fuel blends?

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