Americans have been shedding their blood over in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly ten years. Yet, while we spend billions of dollars to protect them, we get nothing in return. A country like Iraq that, according to the United States Energy Information Administration, has over 112 billion barrel of oil and 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that is just sitting there.
Most of Iraq’s GDP comes from oil, and they need that oil flowing to afford the things they need to upgrade their civilization. Unfortunately, the oil production has not grown much since 2004, and it really needs to. They need to go from 2.5 Billion Barrels to the 12 Billion they are capable of. Last month, I was discussing this with an acquaintance of mine, and they asked me my thoughts on a couple of things, namely they inquired;
In A Mad World, My Masters John Simpson presents a set of observations and anecdotes drawn from a near lifetime of reporting for television news. Over a career spanning decades, John Simpson has worked on many of the major stories of recent history. He has covered conflicts, such as the Gulf War and the Balkans, general interest stories, such as Hong Kong’s transfer and the new millennium, and more general issues such as such as the drugs and arms trades. But it is John Simpson’s contact with political leaders and heads of state that adds real spice to these memoirs, some of his contacts proving decidedly surreal, all of them offering unusual insight.
I began thinking about our censored news. I have known about the censoring for many years. I also know we are told whatever the present (or past) administration wishes to inform us. Many times the ‘information’ is not quite accurate (the wmd in Iraq is a good example). Divide and conquer, keep the masses at odds among themselves, instill fear every so often, and we can do whatever we want seems to be the current administration’s policy.
Ever wonder why the Political Leadership of the Democratic Party and the News Media are calling for the head of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld? Well they are still mad that he laid it on the line and said that they are jeopardizing the war efforts back in late 2001 as we geared up to take out the Taliban Rebels and Drug Running International Terrorists. Back in 2001 the news media was putting stuff in print actually warning our enemies. Here is a quick comment from back then of what was happening and what many were thinking as many in the news media turned traitor simply to get the scoop.