Originally Posted by milkkid291
I'm not going to nitpick at your post, because I could occupy myself for days on why you are wrong, but here in an example. Why we aren't in Iraq for oil.
Iraq exports 1.5 million barrels of oil per day.
U.S. imports 13.15 million barrels of oil per day.
Lets do some simple math and find out the percentage of oil U.S. would get from Iraq IF it took all 1.5 million barrels of oil everyday.
1.5/13.15 = .114 with a whole bunch of number after.
So IF the United States took every barrel of oil Iraq exported, It would account for 11.4% of U.S. total oil import. Funny thing is, what 2 countries are Iraq's top buyer of Iraq's oil? France and Russia. The two countries that Don't want us in Iraq.
So, I don't know the exact amount of barrels of oil the U.S. gets from Iraq, but it would be way less that 5% because France and Russia take up most of Iraq's oil exports.
My point is, if it's all about the oil, why didn't we invade Saudi Arabia that exports 8.554 million barrels of oil a day?
Sure as hell would have saved us americans a lot more money. (sarcasm for the people who don't understand it)
Don't you just love it when acoustic gets his treat.
Does your source account for the fact that Iraq is located above the 3rd largest proven oil reserve in the world? Does it account for the fact that the reason oil production in Iraq is so low is due to a broken infrastructure brought on by years of economic sanctions followed by complete military devastation? It's not that there's no oil there; it's just that the US was having trouble getting the amount desired at the price required.
Also, Iraq was invaded for its strategic position in the middle east. We've had the middle east militarily surrounded for years (one of Bin Laden't biggest bitching points), with military bases and thousands upon thousands of troops in countries like Italy, Turkey, as well as aircraft carriers patrolling the seas from below. Arms sales and 'diplomacy' with countries like Pakistan and India (we're funding both sides of their inevitable war) and Israel among many others are part of the strategy.
As for Saudi Arabia specifically, they, like China, are so heavily invested in US economic infrastructure that to anger them is to destroy the US itself. For an example of the potential harm, check the US stock performance last week. A single Chinese politician mentioned the notion of diversifying their currency reserves (less US dollars), and US stocks took another plunge in addition to the domestic issues already being dealt with. That's one of the reasons why the US smiles and shakes hands with leaders of an abusive monarchy while simultaneously killing in the name of freedom and democracy. Globalization has destroyed US sovereignty.
There have been a few OPEC member countries that have suggested the OPEC exchange leave the American dollar for the Euro. Can you guess which ones? If you guessed Venezuala, Iran, and Iraq, you win some sort of prize. Is it a coincidence that these countries find themselves in the 'Axis of Evil' whereas 'friendly' countries like Saudi Arabia get
the VIP treatment? Probably not.
The problem is, all this is necessary until the American people (I'm one of them) as a whole learn to moderate their lifestyles. All the things we bitch about, from outsourcing, illegal immigration, social security and economic weakening, and 'wars for oil' stem from our own insatiable appetites for everything, from cars that parallel park themselves to $3 gallons of pickles. It can't last forever, even if we subjugate every last people and resource on this planet. China couldn't do it. Rome couldn't do it. Britain, France, Portugal, Holland, Germany, and Russia couldn't do it. Is America really going to be the exception?
(Rants are awesome)