US Bush administration wants troops to stay in Iraq for oil

This video from Democracy NOW! in the USA says about itself: ‘Bush’s real agenda revealed in proposed law to privatize oil for US corporations.’

By Patrick Martin:

US, British and Australian forces build oil-protection base in Iraq

13 November 2007

The US Navy, with the assistance of British and Australian commandos, is building a permanent base to guard two oil-export platforms in Iraqi waters at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

Troops from all three occupying countries are now stationed at the Khawr al Amaya oil terminal, protecting it and the neighboring Al Basrah oil terminal, facilities critical for any significant expansion of tanker shipments of Iraqi oil to the world market..

The Journal reported, “While presidential candidates debate whether to start bringing ground troops home from Iraq, the new construction suggests that one footprint of U.S. military power in Iraq isn’t shrinking anytime soon: American officials are girding for an open-ended commitment to protect the country’s oil industry.”

Rupert Murdoch: stay in Iraq.

IT is grimly appropriate that the “ceremony” marking the official end of the British occupation of southern Iraq should have taken place on Sunday in the departure lounge of Basra airport: here.

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  1. Crucial Iraq Vote: Just Say No

    On Wednesday, House Democrats will once again vote on a bill to “end” the occupation of Iraq – without actually cutting off the funds that keep the occupation going.

    Speaker Pelosi’s latest plan is a “bridge fund” of $50 billion that sets a “goal” of “redeploying” our troops by 12/15/08. Even if the bill miraculously passes the Senate, Bush will veto it or take the money and openly defy the redeployment “goal.” So why is Speaker Pelosi once again playing Bush’s game?

    90 Democrats have signed the “Peace Pledge” opposing any more Iraq funds except to safely “redeploy” our troops by 1/09. But Pelosi’s bill gives Bush the money he wants without the strict enforceable deadlines at the heart of the “Peace Pledge.”

    So we call on all “Peace Pledge” Democrats to honor their pledges by voting NO.

    A new study by Democrats themselves puts the economic cost of the Iraq occupation at $1.6 TRILLION, or $21,000 per family. Every single penny has been wasted – not to mention the human cost to Americans and Iraqis and global hatred of the USA.

    Why would Democrats want to give Bush one penny more?

    All Congress has to do is Just Say No and refuse to provide any new funds, and tell Bush to use existing funds to bring all our troops safely home. Bush has plenty of money – besides all previous Iraq funds, Bush just signed a Pentagon bill with a $40 billion increase.

    Tell your Representatives: No More Funds for Iraq

    Deliver the same message on the phone: 202-224-3121

    And send a message Democrats cannot ignore by joining the Democratic Donor Strike against the DCCC and DSCC.


  2. Winter Soldiers: Iraq and Afghanistan

    On the weekend of 13-15 March, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War will assemble history’s largest gathering of US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Iraqi and Afghan survivors. They will provide first hand accounts of their experiences and reveal the truth of occupation.

    We support Iraq Veterans Against the War and their Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation. Join us in supporting their efforts to reveal truth in the way that only those who lived it can, by signing the statement of support:


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