By Patrick Martin:
Wall Street drools over prospect of capturing Iraq oil wealth
6 March 2007
The Iraqi cabinet’s adoption last week of a law creating the legal framework for turning over the country’s oil wealth to American corporations has touched off a chorus of salutes from the Bush administration, congressional Democrats and the corporate-controlled American media.
Perhaps the crassest expression of money-grubbing glee came in the Wall Street Journal, which published an article March 4 celebrating the unlocking of untold riches, including “dozens of untouched oil fields loaded with proven reserves and scores of exploration blocks that may prove a magnet to international oil companies.”
The draft law lists 51 oil fields, 27 in production and the balance with proven reserves, as well as 65 exploration blocks.
The fallow fields and exploration blocks are located in every region of the country, while the working fields are concentrated in the northern region around Kirkuk and in the southern region near the border with Kuwait.
Citing a cabinet document, the Journal reported that “Iraqi officials must first agree to the framework of contracts to be used when negotiating with foreign oil companies by March 15 if the country’s draft hydrocarbons law is to be submitted to parliament for its approval.”
The draft law calls for reviewing and renegotiating contracts with Russian, French and Chinese oil producers, signed under Saddam Hussein.
These countries, which initially opposed the US invasion, are expected to be cut out of any lucrative oil deals in favor of American and British companies.
Anyone still wondering why the Wall Street Journal is so often called the War Street Journal?