You remember, I hope, how we were assured by several of the neocons and their ilk that the "war" in Iraq was not about oil. How is it then that our current puppet government in Iraq is about to pass a bill giving the major oil companies the right to develop and market their oil? The gigantic oil corporations are going to get 75% of the profits until such time as they have recovered their initial investments and then 20% thereafter (20% is twice what the usual arrangements have been). In other words, the Iraqi oil industry which had been formerly nationalized is now going to be privatized for the benefit of the oil giants. This means that U.S. forces will have to stay in Iraq until such time as the oil is exhausted (for all intents and purposes, permanently). This is because if Iraq were ever to have a truly sovereign government, completely free of U.S. oversight and control, they would, of course, re-nationalize their oil business (and we certainly wouldn't want that to happen, would we?). How much Iraqi oil do you think we could have bought for between 350 billion and a trillion (maybe more)dollars?
Someone figured out that it cost us one million dollars for each Iraqi killed. Way to go Bush/Cheney! Rumor has it that Bush is indeed going to call for more troops for his "war" in Iraq. I guess he is also going to provide a billion or so to create jobs in Iraq. We had earmarked funds like this for this purpose before but I guess they decided Halliburton and the Carlyle Group, and ultimately themselves, were more deserving. Way to go Bush/Cheney! Don't you just have to love these guys?
Cheney, I understand, has been on another "hunting" trip. He goes to a private reserve and shoots pen raised pheasants and ducks. Pheasants are big awkward slow-flying creatures that are much easier to shoot than clay pigeons. Pen raised ones are like shooting fish in a barrel.
Ducks, on the other hand, are very difficult to shoot. They fly very fast and come in from all directions. Apparently the "sportsmen" that provide these unfortunate fowls do something to make they dizzy before they are released. Cheney is reported to have killed 70 pheasants. I don't know how many ducks. Isn't he really a great guy, a true sportsman, a wonderful role model? I guess he managed not to shoot anyone else in the face.
I have managed up until now to escape the fear that Bush/Cheney/Rove have been peddling for years to get the American public to go along with their murderous designs on the rest of the world. I guess I thought the chances of a terrorist attack on Bonners Ferry, Idaho were not very great. I have to admit that I have become terrified lately. I am terrified that these evil bastards, now that they are trapped by their own lies and incompetence, might just be desperate enough to attack Iran (or encourage Israel to do so). Things do not look promising. They want more troops in Iraq, even though they are said by responsible people to be unnecessary (unless, perhaps, to cope with the fallout in Iraq from an attack on Iran). Then there are the two aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf (and apparently a third one on the way), with an Admiral being put in charge of events in Iraq (a puzzling choice if it were not for the carriers). Perhaps they think the navy will be able to find Osama bin Laden as everyone else has failed. As I have said before, I would not be surprised to learn that Osama is still a protected CIA asset. I confess that at this point I would put absolutely nothing beyond the capabilities of the Bush/Cheney gang of thieves and war criminals.