DARK HORSE: Bomb, bomb Iran…

Why the drumbeat for war with Iran? The plummeting cost of oil. In 2003, after George Bush vowed publically to liberate Iraqi Oil, the major oil companies told him to leave it in the ground. From the 1980s thru September 2003 a barrel of crude went for between $25 and $33. Instability in Iraq, Venezuela and Nigeria pushed it up slightly, then following the invasion the price of crude jumped to over $40 a barrel, and then to $50. Iraqi oil and sanctions against Iran and US pressure on Venezuela kept major market suppliers out of the market. Capitalism, or market manipulation in action? By the end of the Bush administration crude was over $90 a barrel, with oil companies in the west making unprecedented profits. Iran is the 4th largest oil producer, but has been under an embargo for better than a decade.

The low prices represent a market correction, based on true natural market forces of supply and demand. That is not the strategy oil companies in the west have followed. Low oil prices devastate Russia’s economy, which is why he appears more militant lately, as the specter of tension puts scare into the market, raising prices. Low oil prices are great for America’s consumer driven economy. The line is in the $3.5 to $4 dollar per gallon range that hammers businesses and consumers. $60-70 per barrel is optimal for oil companies keeping the US price of gas at around $3, and ensuring large profits, though not the historical ones they once saw (government oil subsidies make up the difference).

Iraq with the ISIS issue keeps that country unstable enough to stagger the production of oil. Bringing Turkey into the war against ISIS (and Kurds) guarantees the reserves in Syria and Iraq remain tied down. Syria and Russia, by the way, are allies and oil business partners. (http://www.ibtimes.com/syrian-oil-gas-little-known-facts-syrias-energy-resources-russias-help-1402405). Curiously ISIS is fighting for those very fields.

Why no reports of Western Oil companies attacked or fleeing ISIS madmen? The Kurds we are supporting to save from ISIS is actually a middleman in blackmarket oil sales from ISIS to the West. Turkey, a NATO ally, also is part of the ISIS to market oil sales pipeline. The British are implicated in that network (http://beforeitsnews.com/awakening-start-here/2015/08/britains-secret-ties-to-governments-firms-behind-isis-oil-sales-and-no-one-saw-it-coming-like-2008-3336.html). The US, who, along with the allies vanquished 26 million Axis troops on land sea across 5 continents in just 5 years in the 1940s cannot destroy 30 thousand fighters in the open desert fighting on a relatively narrow swath of ground in two endemically poor neighboring countries?

The lifting of sanctions on Iran opens up the 4th largest oil reserves on the planet is devastating to Western oil company profits. With more and more pressure on US lawmakers to end corporate subsidies, and with greater pressure from renewable, the only avenue left is war. A republican president, heeding the cries for war, as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker have promised, or a Hillary Clinton administration, re: her Libya and Syrian policies, her policies over Ukraine and Crimea (See my book: A Tragic Fate) and her vote to support the war in Iraq all but guarantees a massive war against Iran. Israel, Hamas the Palestinian question and terrorism are simply the sugar coating on a very bitter pill. They are the trick that moves Americans into supporting war.

And you believed in market capitalism. Bless your heart!


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Iran letter: Treason or Hypocrisy?

There is a temptation here to give this whole mess a simple talk radio name. “letter gate,” the “Cotton Coup” or the “Netanyahu Surprise.” I like that one simply because it describes the school girl swoon the Republicans have now that they have full abandoned our own president, shoved aside the constitution and how treaties are forced and pushed themselves, for the first time in our history, to the forefront of international diplomacy. Congress persons have always had a certain roll, to be fair, but never by posturing themselves in opposition so publically and aggressively to purposely embarrass the President and unilaterally drive their own international agenda as a dual government.

Don’t like Obama? If that’s the case you may thing this is all about nothing, and that if Obama is so incompetent, or evil in siding with the evil god-hating anti-MeriKan Muslim Mullahs of Iran, then congress should instigate a paper coup and drawn the nation’s proverbial wagons around the 51st state of Israel and their playhouse President Netanyahu. However, if you are not a complete and total idiot…No.

No use in belaboring an endless distraction from growing and pressing real issues; the pundits will play and distract the nation with treason. Real treason has occurred in this nation. Corporations and banks commit treason every day. Halliburton under Cheney was working with the Iranians and Iraqis during US-led and sponsored sanctions and nothing happened. The financial crisis of 2008 which nearly sank the nation put America’s future and security at risk: Not a single arrest. HSBC actually held and shielded accounts for drug cartels and Al Qaeda. Their management should have been dragged into the street and sumari… whew, almost got carried away.

Anyway, it comes down to something simple that even Republicans can understand. They like to filter everything through a corporate business perversion. So, company A is negotiating with company B. The accounting department hates their own CEO, who is conducting the negotiation to a contract. Amid those contract negotiations, a number of salaried accountants decide to disrupt the contract by making it known that they hate the CEO so much that any contract created won’t be followed by part of Company A. The rest of the business world sees that and no longer will do business with Company A, because who can trust them?

It is treason. Congress can make its disagreements known to their constituents and to the president, but when they invite a foreign leader to speak and afford that foreign leader more respect than their own. When they deride and call him all sorts of dastardly names and when they break both protocol and the constitutional separation of powers-law- that is treason. Sorry, Lefties, however. If this government is so deep in the sack with a large bank who also cozies up and does business with our supposed enemies, the ones who committed the September 11 attacks (feeling played yet) then nobody will be held accountable here either.

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