Commentary by H.G. Listiak
Let Iraqi Oil Pay For Iraqi Freedom
Welcome to my world, where we have all kinds of noise over the 87 billion dollars requested by the President to mop up in Iraq. First of all, the removal of Saddam Hussein put a big hole in terrorism around the world, and secondly, you cannot put a price tag on the pre-emptive action that will help keep Americans out of harm's way, nor can you put a price on the lives that have been lost. But I do feel that some of the burden of Iraqi freedom should be carried by those who were freed. The Oil and Gas Journal reports that Iraq has 112 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, the 3rd largest in the world. Only 10 percent of the country has been explored for the black gold, 80 major oil fields have been discovered, with only 17 of them actually developed. The money to rebuild Iraq is right under their feet. One of the big problems seems to be contracts that Saddam Hussein signed with, who else, the French, Chinese, and Russians. You would think that those contracts would be cancelled, but those countries, who didn't contribute squat to the war, want them to stay in effect so they can collect billions of dollars owed by Saddam Hussein for past arms deliveries. Is that crap or what? Let the Chinese, Russians, and French send a bill collector after Hussein. I see nothing wrong at all with allowing Iraqi oil to help pay for Iraqi freedom. Maybe it's time for us goodhearted, altruistic Americans to get off our moral high horse and do just a little getting for all of our giving. It might just get the Democrats and the weaklings off the Presiden'ts back, with enough left over to make Iraq a solid democracy and valuable ally in the on-going war against terrorism, as I see it ... I'm H.G. Listiak.