To Capture and Subdue: America’s Theft of Syrian Oil Has Very Little To Do With Money, by Steven Chovanec

There have been times in Syria when American government armed and supported  groups have fought each other. One of those groups has been al Qaeda, the same group that supposedly flew planes into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. To date, Syria has been the US military and intelligence services’ most bizarre engagement. From Steven Chovanec at mintpressnews.com:

Years of US support to Al-Qaeda and ISIS and efforts to effect regime change in the country have culminated in the theft of Syria’s oil, but is that really America’s coup de gras in Syria?

Near the end of July, one of the most important recent developments in U.S. foreign policy was quietly disclosed during a U.S. Senate hearing. Not surprisingly, hardly anybody talked about it and most are still completely unaware that it happened.

Answering questions from Senator Lindsey Graham, Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed that the State Department had awarded an American company, Delta Crescent Energy, with a contract to begin extracting oil in northeast Syria. The area is nominally controlled by the Kurds, yet their military force, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), was formed under U.S. auspices and relies on an American military presence to secure its territory. That military presence will now be charged with protecting an American firm from the government of the country that it is operating within.

Delta Crescent Energy, run by the CEO of a private mercenary firm, has inked a deal with Kurdish rebels to “steal” oil in Syria.

Pompeo confirmed that the plans for implanting the firm into the U.S.-held territory are “now in implementation” and that they could potentially be “very powerful.” This is quite a momentous event given its nature as a blatant example of neocolonial extraction, or, as Stephen Kinzer puts it writing for the Boston Globe, “This is a vivid throwback to earlier imperial eras, when conquerors felt free to loot the resources of any territory they could capture and subdue.”

Indeed, the history of how the U.S. came to be in a position to “capture and subdue” these resources is a sordid, yet informative tale that by itself arguably even rivals other such colonial adventures.

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One response to “To Capture and Subdue: America’s Theft of Syrian Oil Has Very Little To Do With Money, by Steven Chovanec

  1. Check this out- an article by Steve! I got on the straight line mailing list when you sent me an article from there.

    On Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 8:15 PM STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC wrote:

    > Robert Gore posted: “There have been times in Syria when American > government armed and supported groups have fought each other. One of those > groups has been al Qaeda, the same group that supposedly flew planes into > the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. To date, Syria has ” >

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