Making A Killing: The Iraq War Is Shell On Earth
Yes, it's really about oil. But it's not about keeping oil prices low; it's about controlling the flow of oil so that prices can be kept high. High prices mean higher profits for oil companies.
When another country (other than the U.S.) is able to produce and sell oil cheaply, that undercuts domestic oil companies. Nobody wants to pay more than they have to; people will buy whatever gets them the best deal. American oil companies can't compete with the prices and productivity of OPEC nations. So we invade them and make the oil our own. "How did our oil get under their sand?"
And then, helping even more huge corporations out, we give out huge no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, KBR, and so on, to do things that other organizations could do for a tenth the price we're paying.
This is the violent extreme that corporatism leads to. Face it: we're there.
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