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“We Want To Keep The Oil”

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“Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand,
workin’ in the dark against your fellow man.
But as sure as God made black and white
what’s down in the dark will be brought to the light.”
~ Johnny Cash/traditional, ‘God’s Gonna Cut You Down’

The Grayzone has an excellent new article out titled “US troops are staying in Syria to ‘keep the oil’ – and have already killed hundreds over it” detailing the many ways the Trump administration has openly admitted that it is keeping US troops in Syria to control the nation’s oil fields so that the Syrian government can’t use it to fund reconstruction efforts.

“We’ve secured the oil, and therefore a small number of US troops will remain in the area where they have the oil,” Trump said in a recent press conference. “And we’re going to be protecting it. And we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.”

“We want to keep the oil,” Trump said in a cabinet meeting a few days earlier. “Maybe we’ll have one of our big oil companies to go in and do it properly.”

“A purpose of those [US] forces, working with the SDF, is to deny access to those oil fields by ISIS and others who may benefit from revenues that could be earned,” said Defense Secretary Mark Esper. As Grayzone‘s Ben Norton accurately explains, “and others” necessarily means the Syrian government; preventing Assad from accessing Syrian oil is standing US military policy.

And that of course is the real reason US armed forces constantly remain in Syria despite all the empty babble about ending wars and bringing home the troops: it’s about control over a nation in a key geostrategic location which refuses to be absorbed into the blob of the US-centralized empire. Controlling its material wealth is an ideal way to do this.

Whenever I write about oil as a primary motive for US imperialism, I always get a bunch of right-wingers objecting that that makes no sense because the US has plenty of oil, and that it’s really about freedom and democracy or communism or Zionism or pedovore cults or Illuminati or whatever. What they miss, in their squirming attempts to avoid cognitive dissonance, is that it’s not about having and consuming oil, it’s about controlling oil. Control what governments can and cannot access crucial resources, and you can control which governments thrive and which ones don’t.

As Trump said, “We’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.” In no other international power dynamic would this be considered a rational thing for anyone to say. The idea of another nation invading Texas and seizing control of its oil fields and then Xi Jinping or whomever saying “We’re controlling their oil and we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future” is unthinkable, but a US president can just come right out and say this about a weaker nation and it won’t even be front-page news.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Donald Trump is the most honest US president of all time. By that I don’t mean that he’s an honest person; he of course lies constantly. I simply mean that while his predecessors have always made sure to dress their imperialist military campaigns up as benevolent humanitarian intercessions, Trump just stands there out in the open like “Yeah we grabbed their oil and it’s ours now, blow me.” There was once a time when claiming a war was really about oil got you branded a conspiracy theorist. Now the US president just outright says it.

And this is really the only reason establishment power structures dislike Trump. They don’t feel directly threatened by him, they just dislike the way he’s always saying the quiet part out loud. Status quo power has a vested interest in keeping a smiling mask on things and preventing people from thinking too hard about what’s really going on in the world, and Trump keeps ripping off that mask by telling everyone what he’s doing in plain English.

Revolution (the real kind, the kind that actually changes things) is ultimately a fight against psychological compartmentalization on a mass scale. Compartmentalization is a tool people use to avoid the psychological discomfort (aka cognitive dissonance) that would otherwise be experienced by trying to hold on to two conflicting positions at one time, like, for example, seeing yourself as a good person and simultaneously giving your government your tacit permission to murder strangers on the other side of the world in your name.

Establishment power works to prevent people from looking directly at the ugly aspects of the empire, like the horrific nature of what war is and how much their country spreads it, or the fact that so many have so little while a few others have so very much, or the reason their government doesn’t seem to operate the way they were taught in school.  The empire has a vested interest in keeping these things in the dark, while the clear-eyed rebel is always trying to drag them kicking and screaming into the light. This is why truth-tellers and whistleblowers are always made public enemy number one by our rulers.

The true rebel fights to enlighten things, the empire fights to endarken them. This is the struggle from the largest power structures in our world, right down to our own inner lives as individual human beings. This is why I talk so much about the importance of inner work; it’s all one struggle, from the evil secrets hidden behind thick walls of government opacity all the way down to the parts of ourselves we try not to look at. Your efforts to become a more consciously integral and less compartmentalized human being are just as important as your efforts to expose the puppet strings to the audience.

As November 2020 draws nearer the screams to shut up and stop pointing at the truth are going to get louder and louder for political dissidents in America, even louder than the “shut up and fall in line” admonishments that Bernie-or-Busters received constantly in 2016. This will only be the voice of the empire yelling “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” It will only be those who are still plugged into the imperial narrative matrix transforming into a bunch of Agent Smiths and telling you to stop saying things which cause them cognitive dissonance.

But, for someone who has signed the truth-at-all-costs contract within themselves, this simply won’t be an option. Our desire to bring what’s dark into the light will overcome any pressure to keep things endarkened, whether it be in ourselves, in our relationships, in our society, in our government, or in our world. Followed through with in a deep and integral way, it changes the way we think, it changes the way we experience our own consciousness, it alters our behavior, it ruins our experience of news media and Hollywood blockbusters, it ends our marriages, it breaks up longstanding friendships and forges new ones, and it makes the deceptions of the powerful utterly intolerable. Truth come what may means truth come what may, and it’s a lifetime commitment.

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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34 Comments on "“We Want To Keep The Oil”"

  1. SenecaCliff on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 1:51 pm 

    Yea and if you disagree you are a “Russian agent” or some horseshit spewed by the Lügenpresse and oligarch class.

    It’s amazing the the U.S. “””won””” the Cold War only to end up back at square one. Talking endlessly about the machinations of Russia or the Chinese while the empire crumbles all around. Welcome to the Brave New World, same as the old one but a whole lot more gay.

    Eventually no dissent will be tolerated. 99% of all real dissent has been quashed, all things lead into each other. In pro-wrestling they found when it was fake and staged, people found it far more exciting then when it was real. Americans have taken this idea to national proportions, the opposition is either astroturf, fake, ineffectual, useless, and stupid. Or some combination thereof.

    It sure makes for a good show though.

  2. Robert Inget on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:04 pm 

    An entire B-1/B bomber fleet is being sent to Saudi Arabia. (Military News)

    https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/10/up-to-1800-troops-2-fighter-squadrons-and-more-deploying-to-saudi-arabia/

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/10/25/bombers-have-landed-b-1s-arrive-saudi-arabia-part-us-buildup.html

    I recon oil prices will be fully protected by US
    military.
    Unless, Our Dear Leader decides to actually bomb Iran. In which case, how can we de-throne his Royal Hinny. No more hearings,
    no more democracy, no more Iran, Israel, Iraq,
    possibly, civil war rat cheer..

    Unless Senate Republicans come to their senses,
    war on Iran could be our last foreign war.

  3. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:29 pm 

    “Trump ordered Mattis to ‘screw Amazon’ on Pentagon contract, according to new book”

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/politics/amazon-donald-trump-jim-mattis-pentagon-contract/index.html

    #KickBezos
    #KickTheKike

  4. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:42 pm 

    “Can desert greenhouses defuse food security time bomb?”

    https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/desert-greenhouse-uae/index.html

    Tomatoes and ither high quality food from greenhouses in the desert.

    Pssssh, Dutch technology.

    http://www.pureharvestco.com/

  5. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:49 pm 

    supertards, if we fight constantly that would make us muzzies, no? the life of a muzzie is not promising, you remember commanding a squadron and dropped 72 virgins on muzzies, how about muzzies accusing one another of takfir? that’s why i proposed supertard scott meredith’s ahimsha, or if you will libertarian NAP (non aggression principle).
    please help send Nixon (moi) to china.

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 3:55 pm 

    Bring in low standards and chlorinated chickens:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-brexit-trump-us-trade-deal-food-standards-chlorinated-chicken-a9171461.html

    “Boris Johnson accused of eyeing post-Brexit US trade deal by ripping out food safeguards imposed by parliament”

    LOL picture:

    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2019/10/20/13/Final-Say-march-40.jpg

    You can have it, America. We’re outta here.

  7. Anonymouse on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 4:57 pm 

    The uS does is does not, and never needed Sryia’s oil. Syrian oil is a blip by world standards, but to the Syrian people, it is of course, an important resource. Important enough for the uS to do everything in its power to deny access to its rightful owners.

    IoW, it is all about denying Syria access to its own energy and revenues it badly requires to rebuild. Anyone that thinks uS farces are hanging around to deny ‘ISIS’ anything, is a retard, OR your name is davy. Or kloggkike.

    What we really need, is a force, and not necessarily even a military one, to deny the USlamic state access to well…everything. Then we would see a measure of peace and justice in this world.

    Cailten totally gets it.

  8. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 5:03 pm 

    annoymouse, the US is there now as a bargaining chip for Iran to leave Syria I imagine. I gather you are not smart enough to figure that out being a blind anti-American smuck. ISIS is a joke these days and just for sheeple consumption.

  9. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 5:19 pm 

    “ A purpose of those [US] forces, working with the SDF, is to deny access to those oil fields by ISIS and others who may benefit from revenues that could be earned,” said Defense Secretary Mark Esper. As Grayzone‘s Ben Norton accurately explains, “and others” necessarily means the Syrian government; preventing Assad from accessing Syrian oil is standing US military policy.

    This is the key takeaway point from this article. Washington can’t stand the idea it got its ass kicked once again.

    It doesn’t matter. The US troops will be chased from the Syrian farm at some point.

    Rearguard fight.

    /shrug

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 5:29 pm 

    The New Europe, its the old one:

    https://nypost.com/2019/10/23/organizers-of-belgian-parade-with-anti-semitic-float-print-caricatures-of-jews/

    “Organizers of Belgian parade with anti-Semitic float print caricatures of Jews”

  11. makati1 on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 5:32 pm 

    Iran is never going to “leave Syria”. Why should they? All the rest of the world needs to do is be patient a few more years until the US self-destructs and goes away. Ditto for Israel.

    Meanwhile, Russia takes over control and China builds the New Silk Road to Turkey and then on to the EU and Africa.

    The Us is soon going to be in Civil War 2, fighting collapse and the Red vs the Blue. It is going to be a very interesting 20s. Buckle up and pass the popcorn.

  12. Davy on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 10:36 pm 

    “the US is there now as a bargaining chip for Iran to leave Syria I imagine. I gather you are not smart enough to figure that out.”

    In the first sentence, DavyTurd is speculating (IOW pulling out of his ass) what he hopes is the truth. Then he criticizes the poster for not being smart enough to agree with his ass-pulled speculation.

    What a dumbass for all to see.

  13. Muhammad el pedifile al ameriki on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 11:35 pm 

    Ok we have news muzzie supertard Abu Baker al baghdadi is enjoying 72 virgins
    I’m a supremacist muzzie I “reverted” to a muzzie

  14. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 11:38 pm 

    Because head muzzie al baghdadi is seeing virgins
    Be vigilant of muzzies going inner struggle.

  15. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 12:11 am 

    Get ready to pacify muzzies in America starting tomorrow. They will act up with news of Abu bakr seeing virgins. Keep close watch on all muzzies

  16. More Insane Lonely Old Davy Socks on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 1:24 am 

    Muhammad el pedifile al ameriki on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 11:35 pm

    supremacist muzzies jerk on Sat, 26th Oct 2019 11:38 pm

    supremacist muzzies jerk on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 12:11 am

  17. JuanP garbage on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 4:47 am 

    From Stupid:

    supremacist muzzies jerk said Get ready to pacify muzzies in America starting to…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Because head muzzie al baghdadi is seeing virgins…
    Muhammad el pedifile al ameriki said Ok we have news muzzie supertard Abu Baker al bagh…
    Davy said “the US is there now as a bargaining chip fo…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Muzzie akbar sayeed used language consistent with…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said Muzzie akbar sayeed abused whitey supertard Whitey…
    Nostradamus said “an actual power plant is unlikely to be bui…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said MIT scrubbed all mention of muzzie inner struggle…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said muzzie master plan https://jihadintel.meforum.org/
    assmaster69 said I am gaylord – the teepee will rise again, a…
    supremacist muzzies jerk said supertard when we were younger we fight about wome…

  18. claes on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 5:52 am 

    Davy please explain your fixation with Muzzies (Muslims)? Do you suffer from tic disorders or twitches, perhaps?

  19. JuanP ID theft on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:13 am 

    claes said Davy please explain your fixation with Muzzies (Mu…

  20. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:19 am 

    “Davy please explain your fixation with Muzzies (Muslims)? Do you suffer from tic disorders or twitches, perhaps?”

    Claes, that’s not Davy but a poster formerly known as “fmr-paultard”.

  21. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:31 am 

    The situation in Syria discussed by Partisan Girl and Richard Spencer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aihO5VDDVwk

  22. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:41 am 

    Partisan Girl:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maram_Susli

    Her blog:

    http://syriangirlpartisan.blogspot.com/

  23. claes on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:54 am 

    Thank you, Cloggie, for this clarification.

    Fmr-paultard is now supremacist muzzies jerk and he is doing the identity theft.

    Got it.

  24. Cloggie on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 6:59 am 

    “Fmr-paultard is now supremacist muzzies jerk and he is doing the identity theft.”

    I didn’t say that fmr-paultard turned muzzies-whatever is doing identity theft. He has such a unique style of posting that identify theft for him is simply a physical impossibility.

    My intuition is that I AM THE MOB is f* up this forum.

  25. Davy on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 7:11 am 

    Fmr-paultard is now supremacist muzzies jerk and he is doing the identity theft. Got it.

    anyone who doesn’t see fmr-paultard as supremist muzzie jerk all part of juanP sock and ID theft games is being disingenuous and or ignorant. Being on the other end of juanP lunatic activity I have had 18 months to uncover this stupid behavior. JuanP is not that bright and he is extremely sloppy. His socks and ID theft are very easy to uncover. Cloggo likes to blame MOBster for this activity but this is just more of cloggo’s deceptive games too.

  26. claes on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 8:36 am 

    After carefully analyzing the writing style of “fmr-paultard” and “supremacist muzzies jerk”, I am 100% certain it is the same individual. Only these screen names are permanently fixated on Muslims. Further, the syntax and punctuation are identical.

    Davy attributes any and all commentary that he perceives to be counter to his viewpoint the work of “JuanP”. This is simply not credible.

    Now, I must depart for more productive work.

  27. More JuanP garbage on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 8:48 am 

    claes on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 8:36 am

    Juanpee, nobody gives a shit about your low IQ lunatic socks but you. I make sure and expose your games because you are a disgusting impediment to what could be a high quality forum. Go away please

  28. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 9:23 am 

    Somebody did something to muzzie al baghdadi and muzzies gonna act up so get ready to calm them. Be outside and watch all muzzies carefully

  29. Anonymous on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 10:01 am 

    The oil belongs to Syria. As does the territory within the borders. We need to get the hell out. And stop messing around with Assad and the like. Yes, I get that we don’t like him. But we don’t like ISIS either. There was NEVER a credible moderate rvolutionary force. And even if there had been, it’s not our job to put boots on the ground for these adventures.

    Obama was wrong to go in. And Trump is wrong to stay there. Get the fuck out. Just do it.

  30. supremacist muzzies jerk on Sun, 27th Oct 2019 11:00 am 

    If I spent an equal amount of time looking for a job as I do posting retarded garbage, I could get off the dole.

    supremacist lazy leach.

  31. Cloggie on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 2:34 am 

    al-Baghdadi is dead again, probably this time for good:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7619773/How-gunships-cornered-ISIS-leader-Abu-Bakr-al-Baghdadi-Donald-Trump-watched-live-TV-link.html

    “Operation Obliteration: How US gunships cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before he ‘dragged three children with him into a dead-end tunnel and detonated a suicide belt’ – as Donald Trump said he watched live on TV link ‘like a movie'”

    al-Baghdadi was a creation of the Americans, that went terribly out of hand. Here the famous photo of McCain with his hired gun al-Baghdadi, hired to topple Assad:

    https://www.groene.nl/uploads/image/file/000/004/478/large_complot2.jpg

    It turned out that these jihadists had an Islamic-fundamentalist agenda of their own, constituting a direct threat to the remnants of the US empire in the ME, notably Egypt, Jordan and the main prize KSA.

    Yet another completely failed US regime-change attempt at horrific human cost.

  32. Cloggie on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 2:41 am 

    “ill Boris Johnson get his Christmas election wish? Lib Dems and SNP BACK going to the polls on December 9 in a boost for the PM that could sideline Jeremy Corbyn entirely”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7619909/Major-boost-Boris-Johnsons-Christmas-election-wishes-Lib-Dems-SNP-going-polls.html

    Corbyn sidelined, now that LibDem and SNP back BoJo with an early election, that threatens to decimate Labour and will boost LibDem as the de facto Remain party.

    New elections will probably confirm and solidify BoJo his premiership and allow Brexit to happen. The SNP probably sees in Brexit the proper vehicle to leave the UK.

  33. joe on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 9:01 am 

    stage one of the plan complete, a weak Macron caves in to German neosovietism. now once the election date is set, the coup will begin…..
    Bercow will be used as will tool to withdraw article50 withdrawal letter.

  34. Cloggie on Mon, 28th Oct 2019 2:08 pm 

    “stage one of the plan complete, a weak Macron caves in to German neosovietism.”

    Weak Macron, really?

    Macron made an extension dependent on the prospect of breaking the deadlock, defying the rest that wanted to give a extension without conditions. The LibDems and SNP, each for their own reasons signaled that they support BoJo’s drive towards an early election and that was the signal Macron was waiting for. The electoral loser is Labour.

    BoJo will weed out all the “rebels” from the Tory party and will win the elections, despite the fact that the English are completely disillusioned with Brexit and wished that the referendum would never have taken place (57% against 29%)…

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/26/opinium-poll-observer-uk-voters-regret-brexit-referendum-conservative-lead-over-labour

    …but they are too proud to make a U-turn. The LibDems will profile itself as the Remain party and will make big gains.. and the SNP will use Brexit to prepare to regain its independence from London, it enjoyed since the end of the Roman era until 1704, when the Scottish elite screwed up financially.

    https://northerntimes.nl/scottish-company-working-on-ferry-service-between-edinburgh-and-eemshaven/

    “Brexit ferry between Edinburgh and the Netherlands”

    Scotland is still pristine white (98%), a real European treasure of a nation, more than welcome! On top of that they can make huge cash to set themselves up as a huge pumped hydro reservoir for the EU:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/world-record-pumped-hydro-storage-for-scotland/

    Scotland will be fine.

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