First published in DelawareLiberal on 9/12/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
Ok, then. From the President's speech we're sort of at war with
ISIL? Not exactly war, according to John Kerry, but sorta. Let's just
call it large scale counter terrorism, he says. More like humanitarian
But, my question is, which is the greater threat, short
and long term to Americans? ISIL with Toyotas, Arabian machetes and
machine guns or the American Petroleum Institute with tipping point
stage carbon overload?
My bet is on carbon caused warming and
flooding. But, not so fast, because the American Petroleum Institute
also has a hand in the middle east crisis and threatened final days
caused by the ultimate war between the Caliphate and the Infidels, which
apparently includes us here in the U.S. of A.
You see, ISIL is
selling pretty huge amounts of crude on the black market thanks to U.S.
extraction technology and expertise sold to the producers in both Iraq
and Syria. That crude then ships to black markets allowed by our sort
of allies in Turkey and then on to sort of allies in Jordan and not so
allied Iran. The latter at least not yet, unless we smarten up and do a
deal with them.
Now, to further explain the American Petroleum
Institute's involvement in this extremely convoluted caper, they
advocate, lobby and represent companies supplying extraction tools and
technology to these brand new coalition of the killing partners:
Bahran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In some
cases we supply both downstream and upstream oil services.
Oh, and did I mention that funding is flowing to ISIL out of most of these "partners" ?
million dollar question now is which among these guys, plus other
coalition partners of the killing from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon will
put enough boots on the ground, headed toward ISIL, not away from them
to do the necessary killing with our air, missile and drone support?
Remains to be seen doesn't it?
Frankly, I like Phyllis Bennis's
take on all this much better. In fact, I wish President Obama brought
her in as chief of national security. Her idea, from the Institute of
Policy Studies, is a 6 step program: l. Stop air strikes creating more
extremists, not fewer. 2. No boots, none at all, and no armaments.
3. Immediately cut a deal with Iran who can do this job on ISIL all
alone with diplomacy. 4. Create a coalition of diplomacy in the U.N.,
engaging Russia, Turkey, The Saudi's, Qatar and the U.A.E. 5. Push the
U.N. to end the civil war in Syria and exploit the rumored movement
toward an Assad exit in Syria. 6. Undertake massive rebuilding aid
with Iraq and Syria and undercut the political/governance ambitions of
It is Ironic that just as President Obama pivots on
aiding some Syrian rebel groups, the most successful and reliable
option's leader was killed on the battlefield.
By the way,
bragging about our successes in Somalia and Yemen, Mr. President?
You're grasping at straws. Let's focus our energies on stemming the
already irreversible climate change impacts on our shorelines and
agricultural production and get the hell out of the carbon extraction
business, which ought to include fracking.
I was moved to tears at
Obama's election in 2008 as our first ever black and anti-war
president. Now I'm moved to tears that the national security
establishment and neo-cons have won the hearts and minds in the oval
office, in spite of the current warning from both the intelligence and
military sectors that attempting to destroy ISIL on basically our own
is a fools errand.