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Posted on Jun 22, 2008

By Mike Luckovich

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By SadButTrue, June 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

This cartoon looks an awful lot like one by Sebastien Parmentier from Jan. ‘07. I like Sebastien’s better, as the soldiers are hoisting an oil derrick.

I’m not accusing Mike Luckovich of plagiarism or anything. Sometimes two people have the same idea independently. Heck, didn’t Liebnitz and Newton come up with calculus at about the same time?

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By August West, June 23, 2008 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment


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By samosamo, June 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment

Have not read the TomDispatch yet but this is my take on the cartoon.
I find it hard to believe that the heads of the oil cartel defended themselves at their latest Q&A;session in front of a supposed oversight or investigative committee or whatever as to their huge profits from the price of oil and I guess also gas. And it seems that the hearings were just a play because there was no action taken and appears to be no action that will happen to these horrible people that in actuality are the cause of the depression this country is fast falling into. I also don’t think anyone could fing a better example of a threat to our national security than the big oil’s profit agendas, instead of our msm playing along with the idea that the wars on terrorism are the threat to our national security.
Which goes to show that these people have no interest in this country and being a part of it, just to dictate and rape it. I mean what is being spread around now is the $5.00 a gallon gas. And these thieves are not going to stop there. I do believe they plan on driving this country into the ground.
All this comes from the oldest group sessions of the bilderberger group to the think tank sessions the neocons started in the mid 1970s if not before. Would it not be great to be able to get hold of some of the minutes of those meetings if they ever existed?
And this is where it has too be all to obvious that the complicity of congress is hell bent to play along with this whole attack on this country. I could not say what will fix this if it could be fixed but to try would definitely start with voting out the incumbents that are so intent on becoming an ‘elite’ at the cost of our republic. And then outlawing the lobbyist. And, Does it not seem way out of whack that a person or groups of persons can bring a suitcase full of money to our elected officals to get legislation passed, altered or stopped and you and me can not even afford the gas to go to washington to visit our elected officals?
And I believe the pelosi and reid need investigating and most probably impeachment or whatever it takes to get these 2 most ruinous people from being an obstacle to a real functioning government.
I don’t seem to be able to get this to go to preview so I will submit and hope my errors are not too confusing.

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By Arabian Thoroughbred, June 22, 2008 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words! This cartoon pretty much sums up the current state of political economy.

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By John Konop, June 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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Kristol: Bush Might Bomb Iran If He ‘Thinks Obama’s Going To Win’

Do you think Bush will Bomb Iran if Obama’s going to win?

TP-On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he believes Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is going to be elected.

However, “if the president thought John McCain was going to be the next president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make that decision than do it on his way out,” Kristol said, reinforcing the fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.

“I do wonder with Senator Obama, if President Bush thinks Senator Obama’s going to win, does he somehow think — does he worry that Obama won’t follow through on that policy,” Kristol added. Host Chris Wallace then asked if Kristol was suggesting that Bush might “launch a military strike” before or after the election:


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By nrobi, June 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena,  in the grand scheme of things, this will be the worst presidency ever.  History has proven that those to whom greed is the motivating factor are always in the end proven wrong and their policies are exactly opposite of what the country needed at the time.
It is not nice to speak ill of the brain dead, but G.W. Bush will prove to be the only president that cannot travel outside the U.S. after his presidency for fear of being tried for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture of prisoners of war. 
His spin on everything is completely wrong-headed and without doubt problematic for the American people.
Yet there was a Constitutional way of holding him back, the Legislative Branch of our tri-partite government.  But as we all know the House and Senate are rubber-stamps for the policies of the shrub and Darth Vader. 
Just this last Friday,  the House passed a bill giving the Telecom industry immunity for past illegal and immoral actions.  Due to the collusion of the House leadership.  At face value this bill is unethical and immoral, illegal and stupidity at its height. The only way that this bill could have passed is if the leadership of the Democratic Party in collusion with the Telecommunications Industry and the Republican Party worked out a deal for more money and power.
I for one, hope for a citizens revolt against those Democrats who,  along with the Republicans, voted for this bill are removed from office and further more are given no more responsibility in governance in the future other than maybe dogcatcher or meter reader for the utility company.
I, see no future for this republic form of government because of this action and the bill HR 1955, of which you and I have heard nothing about in the MSM. And we will not hear anything about this abomination of a bill before its too late to change anything. 
G-d is not blessing Amerikkka at this point, and will not until we set our own house in order and turn away from the path of totalitarianism that we are on and are on the slippery slope of falling into the precipice of.

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By cyrena, June 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Sorry, that ‘click here’ didn’t reproduce as a viable link to the piece. And, it’s definitely worth the read, (especially for those just tuning in to what it’s always been about)..

So, this one should work better.

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By cyrena, June 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Well, the cartoon pretty much sums it up..this piece from Tom Dispatch is an excellent compliment to it.

Tomgram: Finally, the Oil…

[Note for TomDispatch readers: It’s worth mentioning that the missing Iraqi oil story—see below—wasn’t missing online, and certainly not at TomDispatch.

This site’s newest book, The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire, has a section labeled “The Petro-Industrial Complex and its Discontents,” including striking pieces by Michael Klare and Michael Schwartz on our gasoholic Pentagon and the prize of Iraqi oil. Again, I urge readers to consider supporting TomDispatch and its efforts by picking up a book that should, I think, be in any serious library of our mad age of Bush the Younger. Tom]

No Blood for… er… um…
The Oil Majors Take a Little Sip of the Ol’ Patrimony

By Tom Engelhardt

More than five years after the invasion of Iraq—just in case you were still waiting—the oil giants finally hit the front page…

Last Thursday, the New York Times led with this headline: “Deals with Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back.” (Subhead: “Rare No-bid Contracts, A Foothold for Western Companies Seeking Future Rewards.”) And who were these four giants? ExxonMobil, Shell, the French company Total and BP (formerly British Petroleum). What these firms got were mere “service contracts”—as in servicing Iraq’s oil fields—not the sort of “production sharing agreements” that President Bush’s representatives in Baghdad once dreamed of, and that would have left them in charge of those fields. Still, it was clearly a start. The Times reporter, Andrew E. Kramer, added this little detail: “[The contracts] include a provision that could allow the companies to reap large profits at today’s prices: the [Iraqi oil] ministry and companies are negotiating payment in oil rather than cash.” And here’s the curious thing, exactly these four giants “lost their concessions in Iraq” back in 1972 when that country’s oil was nationalized. Hmmm.

You’d think the Times might have slapped some kind of “we wuz wrong” label on the piece. I mean, remember when the mainstream media, the Times included, seconded the idea that Bush’s invasion, whatever it was about—weapons of mass destruction or terrorism or liberation or democracy or bad dictators or… well, no matter—you could be sure of one thing: it wasn’t about oil. “Oil” wasn’t a word worth including in serious reporting on the invasion and its aftermath, not even after it turned out that American troops entering Baghdad guarded only the Oil and Interior Ministries, while the rest of the city was looted. Even then—and ever after—the idea that the Bush administration might have the slightest urge to control Iraqi oil (or the flow of Middle Eastern oil via a well-garrisoned Iraq) wasn’t worth spending a few paragraphs of valuable newsprint on.

I always thought that, if Iraq’s main product had been video games, sometime in the last five years the Times (and other major papers) would have had really tough, thoughtful pieces, asking really tough, thoughtful questions, about the effects of the invasion and ensuing chaos on our children’s lives and the like. But oil, well… After all, with global demand for energy on the rise, why would anybody want to invade, conquer, occupy, and garrison a country that, as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz once observed, “floats on a sea of oil”?

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