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point about the inability to extract a flammable, dispersed resource 'under fire' is insightful, but the schemers (Cheney, et al) had to stick with the 'advice' of Chalabi, etc. concerning the Iraqi citizenry. (One thing that schemers know is that you cannot play Hamlet, if you want people to follow your plan.)

However, the point about the actual petroleum resource is not germane, whether accurate or not. If you visited the U.S. DOE web-site from 2003 through 2006, their 'page' on Iraq was high-side optimistic about the unproven 'reserves' in the western desert (al Anbar) of Iraq. In other words that was the CW of our federal government.

I returned to the site in late 2007, and the 'page' had changed. The estimates were much more circumspect - perhaps not so much due to collected data, as increased awareness of the political implication. This was about the time that the PDA arrangements for foreign (mostly U.S.) were being negotiated.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (paulgspencer@gmail.com) on Sun Apr 26th, 2009 at 02:08:51 PM EST
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