So… Who's getting the OIL US troops are "guarding" in Syria?

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    • #210191
      Jan Boehmerman
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      Since Trump has finally admitted that “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE OIL”…..

      I know OUR TROOPs are stealing it from the people of Syria, BUT WHO IS GETTING THE PROCEEDS?   

      “WE’RE gonna’ keep the oil…..$45 millliion a month …. WE’RE gonna keep the oil!”  Did Trump have a mouse in his pocket when he said this?

       

       

    • #210260
      Ohio Barbarian
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      No one knows who will get the oil. Not the oil companies, not any of the armed factions or actual armies in Syria, and not Trump. Here is what Trump said 4 days ago, quoted in the New Yorker:

       “What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly,” he said. The goal would be to “spread out the wealth.”

      WTF does that mean? I don’t know, and I’m pretty sure Trump doesn’t know. He’s just spewing shit and issuing impulsive orders. He’s probably thinking he’ll use American troops to safeguard the oil until somebody comes along and offers him a good deal for it.

      The article then goes on to say that pillaging Syrian oil is tantamount to an act of piracy under international law, which is true.

      Then the AP has this little article with Trump saying the following:

      “We’re keeping the oil — remember that,” he said in Chicago. “I’ve always said that: ‘Keep the oil.’ We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil.”

      We? Who is the we who are keeping the oil? The United States government? Nobody knows. The same article quotes the Pentagon saying they’ve been given no orders to take possession of any Syrian oil or equipment. It also says there are maybe 500 American troops deployed around some oil fields with very vague orders. The most armament they have is a couple of Bradley fighting vehicles, or armored personnel carriers. A Syrian Army tank platoon could massacre them if they wanted to.

      The article goes on to say that no American oil company is going to invest in exploiting oil fields in such precarious circumstances and that if the Americans simply seize the oil it amounts to piracy.

      So, to answer your question, right now, no one is getting the oil–it’s just sitting there in the ground, which I suppose is a positive for the environment–in oil fields very lightly guarded by American troops who are wondering just WTF they are doing there.

      When I was in the Navy, such a situation would be described as a clusterfuck.

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      • #210346
        Jan Boehmerman
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        @ohiobarbarian  That Trump quote you posted above gives us the best insight into who  Trump really means when he refers to “WE”.

        “What I intend to do, perhaps, is make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies to go in there and do it properly,” he said.

        I find the second half that Trump statement the funniest…..

        “The goal would be to “spread out the wealth.”

        I don’t  think “MAGA” baseball hat-wearing dumbfugs are included in Trump’s “we” who will share in that wealth!

         

    • #210327
      chknltl
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      My guess: Saudi Arabia.

      I do not know the hows but in the end I do suspect that by having U.S. muscle keeping Syrian, Iranian, Venezualan and etc oil suppressed from the system it allows the Saudis to get more for theirs.

      So when Trump says “we”, I believe he refers to our ‘deal with the devil’ we made with Saudi Arabia.

      If a country wants to buy or sell oil, according to this deal it must be in dollars. Anyone not complying gets screwn. (Which is why we are screwing Iran, Venezuala, Syria and etc.)

      It’s not like we will let Russia or China get it. They are definitely interested in it which partially explains their being in Syria and Venezuala.

      Just my theory.

    • #210407
      soryang
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      I think drumpf in his own incoherent way may have been referring to the Conoco gas fields, and oil production facilities in Kusham near Deir al Zour. The US conducted a major engagement here in Feb. 2018 carried out mostly by US aircraft and Kurdish ground forces. It said the engagement was directed against IS forces who had in prior years been in control of the area. The area near the oil and gas facilities along the so called de-confliction line were said to have been attacked by IS, but the US led attack was conducted primarily against forces friendly to the Syrian regime. There is a dated discussion of this episode with good graphic detailing the disposition of territory and facilities in the area inside and near the so called deconfliction line.

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42994235

      Exxon – Conoco they’re all oil companies right? Drumpf referring to glories past. “I said we should get the oil, remember?” My guess is that the US pays Conoco and that the Kurds were getting their share. This way the US gets to control the middle Mesopotamia without committing more significant ground forces.

    • #210417
      sadoldgirl
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      I would say at this point nobody gets the oil, and

      that is the main point. Syria is in desperate  need

      for it and will be denied access to its own resource.

    • #210419
      lownslow
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      I hear we have been smuggling quite a bit of oil out of syria for some time.

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