Could it be all about the oil?

The Trump Administration made it perfectly clear: no more waivers on Iranian sanctions. No exceptions.
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"We're going to zero. We're going to zero across the board," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after the White House made the announcement in a statement. "There are no (oil) waivers that extend beyond that period, full stop," he said, adding that there would be no grace period for those economies to comply.

Got it? No exceptions. This is about values and principles. This is about Iranian terrorism (or some such nonsense).

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Wait a sec. What happened to 'no more waivers, no exceptions'?
Well, ya see, a funny thing happened along the way.

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Iraq will soon finalize a large-scale, long-term deal for the development of oil fields in the South with Exxon and PetroChina. The 30-year contract will involve investments of US$53 billion and potential returns for Baghdad of as much as US$400 billion over its lifetime, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told media this week.

I know what you are thinking, but I am here to tell you conclusively that the timing is all a coincidence. Billions of dollars in Exxon profits have no effect on our foreign policy decisions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday there was no link between an initial oil agreement his government was about to sign with Exxon Mobil and its receipt of waivers from the United States exempting it from sanctions on Iran.

There you go. A deeply corrupt Iraqi politician denies that the two events are related. What more proof do you want?

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magiamma's picture

More oil extraction. But just not our oil extraction. Oh well, oil well...

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Not Henry Kissinger's picture

The US is an oil company masquerading as a country.

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The current working assumption appears to be that our Shroedinger's Cat system is still alive. But what if we all suspect it's not, and the real problem is we just can't bring ourselves to open the box?

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@Not Henry Kissinger

I know what you are thinking, but I am here to tell you conclusively that the timing is all a coincidence. Billions of dollars in Exxon profits have no effect on our foreign policy decisions.

Of course it's a coincidence! Have you never heard about America's great humanitarian wars, a phrase which we owe to great patriot Susan Powers? And, do you not fail to realize that Barack Hussein O'Bama* was our greatest president since Franklin Pierce?

*You know also that BHO is a black Irishman (groan).

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@Not Henry Kissinger

John McCain was that astutely satiric. In any case, I think I'll borrow it if you don't mind.

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snoopydawg's picture

Iraq should have said that they will buy Iranian oil for as long as they want in exchange for signing the agreement. But I'm guess that the guy who inked the deal is one of our puppets?.

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dervish's picture

@snoopydawg Iranian oil as their own, ad infinitum?

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