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On The Libyan Oil Tank "Time Bomb"

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Three weeks ago we first mused about the irrational endgame of it all when we asked: "When Hussein left Kuwait he set the oil wells on fire. Will Ghaddafi?" It now appears that this could well be the endgame, after Al Jazeera reports that "desperate Gaddafi might hit oil facilities in an attempt to fend off encroaching rebels, sparking a human catastrophe." And obviously in order to prevent this, the US will be "forced" to institute a no fly zone, thereby commencing a full blown invasion of the country, and eventually destabilizing the region completely.

From Al Jazeera:

The oil producing town of Ras Lanuf in Libya has seen some of the worst fighting in the last few days.

Home to a huge facility at the very heart of Libya’s massive oil and gas industry, the plant could become a new target.

For now, opposition forces control this and virtually every other natural energy facility in the country.

But as this conflict wears on, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will need oil. He will have to try and take it by force or, as many fear, he could bomb oil and gas complexes to prevent anyone else from using them

“ We expect that he will destroy everything because he is crazy," Fahad Kheri, superintendent in Libya's oil and gas Industry, told Al Jazeera.

The installation is only a few hundred kilometres away from Gadaffi’s hometown and stronghold of Sirte.

Al Jazeera has found that the frontlines are fluid and that the rebel fighters lack organisation. As a result, the natural gas plant here is a potential time bomb waiting to go off.

For now Libyan capacity is off line temporarily. But if Gaddafi makes sure that this becomes a semi permanent feature, then kiss double digit WTI prices goodbye (and Europe can look forward to $10/gallon gas within a month).


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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:14 | 1032401 johnnymustardseed
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God Damn it!! Why can't everyone just get along?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:22 | 1032412 masterinchancery
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Don't count on O to do anything but run his teleprompter--he is still voting "present."

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 11:28 | 1032994 TeamAmerica
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Why should Obama do anything?   What can he (WE) do anyway?

Exactly how many billions of dollars, that we don't have, are we willing to spend?   How many American lives is this worth?

I vote $0 and 0 lives.  Stay out of it and praise Obama for having more sense than his predecessor.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:14 | 1032402 gordengeko
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UCO calls anyone?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:15 | 1032405 Oh regional Indian
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Please see this:

Axis of Evil Doing. Libya is smack dab in the middle.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:36 | 1032440 falak pema
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What is this mighty star, guiding the evil eye of Sauron called, Ori? You sound very Gandalfian to me!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:50 | 1032470 Oh regional Indian
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Perhaps falak. That star is the HydroCa, about to go Super Nova on us.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:13 | 1032521 falak pema
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Well as long as it's not our Sun, which does not have the Chandrasekhar mass to go supernova, we still have hope. Take care Gandalf, as Khadaffi is saying on TV at this moment that this star is the rising star of arab freedom threatened by western forces linked to Al-Qaida. Sauron is showing the world his oil ring knowing it mesmerises them. I hope you have your magic staff ready to neutralize this hanky-panky.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:16 | 1032533 Oh regional Indian
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:-) The universe never gives you problem without the tools to take care of it (Paraphrasing Richard Bach).


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:19 | 1032407 vonuistic
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100 years - per John McCain

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:19 | 1032410 Landrew
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I would be far more interested in what happens 3/11 in K.S.A.!

Those would be uprisings!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:27 | 1032423 Robslob
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"Whatcha talking about Landrew"... 3/11 is when the new iPad comes out in the K.S.A.


Oops...wait...I think I meant to say U.S.A.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:41 | 1032451 Meme Iamfurst
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KSA ? oh, I get it.

3/11 is not like Christmas, it may have an 'official date', but the effects have already affected people or what you see would not have such unifying power on the diverse minds of all involved.

Should DC be concerned, who knows?  But don't you find it interesting the we now have a new call to arms in the last few days over  that boogie man in the closet next door, USA citizen be damned.

All you ZH folks who don't know what "C" Street is, need to do homework.  More than your pocketbook is involved.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:41 | 1032593 Saxxon
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Like most pre-set dates of great augur and anticipation, that one turn out to be a non-event.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:21 | 1032411 squexx
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Have NO doubts about it! It is the evil Khazar tribe that is behind it all! The Tribe of Satan has LOTS of payback coming!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:21 | 1032413 T Rex
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Reports say three private planes are heading to three different directions, having taken off from Libyan capital.
Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:22 | 1032414 Robslob
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All according to plan.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:26 | 1032419 alien-IQ
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add this to the soup:

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that Libyans would fight back if Western nations impose a no-fly zone to prevent the regime from using its air force to bomb government opponents staging a rebellion.

and what you have is a classic recipe for a complete clusterfuck.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:27 | 1032421 falak pema
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If Q blows oil dumps he will make Russia and Venezuela and Iran very happy. They'll all be running to the bank like the Canacks.  Quack quacking gold backs, not green backs!! 'Cos that's Uncle Sam's toasted roast when oil hits the post of 200/bbl.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:28 | 1032422 scatterbrains
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Who's to say we aren't secretly backing Daffy?

Maybe that British commando unit was meant to disorient the rebels by feeding them false intelligence and send them into the jaws of death.

Should we be asking ourselves what would the Saudi King want and then maybe assume we are doing his bidding ?

Perhaps all of this official concern for the civilians is just theater.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:32 | 1032429 EscapeKey
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Oh, we absolutely are. We constantly sell weapons to whoever is on the losing side - government forces AND the rebels.

Once all their energy has been tapped, we'll roll our tanks in and secure strategic sites (ie, oil infrastructure).

Classic divide and conquer.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:50 | 1032468 falak pema
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You sound like you are pounding a key of Appassionata. Like playing ringa-ringa-roses, pocket full of posies; going round the globe selling lovely passion flowers of venomous malice. By the way, repeat performance of Appassionata having been played in Baghdad/Afghanistan, now scheduled for Libya-Iran-KSA et al. will be very costly; especially with a green back that looks, feels, like toilet paper. Being distributed by young US soldiers on food-stamp rations.Tall order for ongoing NWO. When you have a new generation of barbarians with nothing to lose on their backs except their bare bones. From Pakistan to Mauritania...What was that Marines song we heard the other day...? Play it again Sam!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:33 | 1032437 Confused
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The concern for the civilians might just be that. As TPTB always seem to pick and choose when and where to get involved. Their illusion of morals is never applied consistently. There may be a motive other than oil. Who knows. But it would be safe to assume they don't care about the people.  

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:41 | 1032447 alien-IQ
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if the US really gives a shit about what happens to the people...then why did they demand immunity from prosecution for the mercenaries in Libya?

for the answer to that (and many more revealing insights regarding our intentions) you may want to inquire as to just whom is paying for these mercenaries.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:50 | 1032466 YHC-FTSE
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According to the Mail, the SAS were captured with the following equipment:

1. Guns and ammunition. (Check)

2. Maps (Check)

3. Fake passports (What?)

4. Explosives (What?)


There's no way this was a "diplomatic mission", when a British destroyer is moored 15 minutes stroll away from the Rebel HQ in Benghazi. Things just get weirder and weirder every time there's a conflict.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:56 | 1032626 aerojet
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Obviously not, and nobody said it was.  The "diplomat" was MI6, and the mission was a classic special forces operation--help stand up the rebellion.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:07 | 1032508 BigJim
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Yes, my thoughts exactly. Our governments are only 'worried' about civilian deaths when it benefits them to worry.

It's tempting to wonder whether the SAS team were sent in to kill the rebel leaders, rather than help them.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:47 | 1032606 Saxxon
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All concern for civilians, expressed officially by our Magisters, is theatre.  They just want the oil train to stay on track.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:28 | 1032424 youngman
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These "leaders" all think they are Gods for some reason.....steal billions..and when they find out no one likes them....they want to steal the ball and destroy the playing field...what a bunch of babies actually....Libya is going down along with the other Muslim countries....the radicals want to go back to the 7th century way of life...they really do....and they will kill you to do they will fight themselves for a long time..and no westerners will want to be their because we like our heads attached to our bodies...prepare for very expensive gas.....

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:11 | 1032517 Meme Iamfurst
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I assure you that the Muslims around this world know who and what "C" Street is and has done. 

The plans of the righteous are unraveling and the gold goal maybe be lost to that arrogance.  Not so easy to repeat Indonesia these days is it?

The behind the scenes story here is all about who's God is best.  Their God, your God, or the no god of communists...the work is never done.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:28 | 1032425 Meme Iamfurst
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We bombed his home when we 'thought' he did the Lockerbe Plane, now we know HE did it.

I am the last person to say go in, but this time we have good reason.  And the people have ASKED for our help this time.

No we will wait until half the rebel forces have been murdered before we do something ( haven't gotten all those commission and royality contracts in place yet).

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:32 | 1032433 cossack55
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Wow. Good Plan.  Why don't we just kill everyone and be done with it. What a NeoCon moron.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:36 | 1032439 alien-IQ
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"but this time we have good reason. And the people have ASKED for our help this time."


Isn't it a tad early in the day to be tripping on acid?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:40 | 1032448 Pants McPants
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Actually you're not the last person to say "we" should go in.  I for one think the US government should stay out of the conflict altogether.

And I'm sure there are plenty of other people on this site who feel the same way.

YOU, on the other hand, are free to sign up or volunteer to fight.  No one is stopping you.  Become a mercenary already...and stop signing other people's death warrants.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:15 | 1032529 YHC-FTSE
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"Become a mercenary already...and stop signing other people's death warrants."


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:43 | 1032457 Josh Randall
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Wow another internet tough guy, love how you go encourage people's lives to be ruined and kids to be killed and maimed. Go use yourself Meme 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:52 | 1032474 StychoKiller
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excerpted from "The Bill of No Rights" -- Courtesy of Lewis W. Napper



You do not have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in
foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like.  However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:03 | 1032495 BigJim
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We will wait until most of the rebels are killed, because then it will be much easier to roll in and make the oil, oops, sorry, Libya, safe for democracy, as most of the people with sufficient balls to object will have been killed already.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:31 | 1032427 youngman
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For the US to enforce a no fly zone...and don´t be fooled...... the US is still the only country that can enforce a no fly zone...Obama will have to order it...put his name on the line....he won´t do that..he will want the UN to order it..and they never will ......period

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:53 | 1032621 chinaguy
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Good analysis.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:38 | 1032444 williambanzai7
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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:58 | 1032487 falak pema
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Lol, WB7 hilarious! The summum of US, WH, diplomacy in action!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:45 | 1032602 Oh regional Indian
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And not the Bone-ummmmm? 

The acme or the acmed?



Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:39 | 1032445 Josh Randall
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Wait! I misunderstood, I thought the No Fly Zone only applied to John Kerry's plane. Oh boy, this is bad - my mistake

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:55 | 1032482 New_Meat
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"The Flying Squirrel"

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:42 | 1032454 Triggernometry
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Black car, white shoes, black hat, cadillac...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:03 | 1032491 Triggernometry
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The boy's a time bomb...

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:07 | 1032506 DavidC
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Just ticking off all Gerald Celente's correct forecasts, not many left to go now...


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:29 | 1032524 johnQpublic
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i was trying to post a couple pictures i took along the highway of death in 1991

dont know why they wont post


but for you folks calling for us to go to war again, until you've seen the bodies, smelled the burning flesh, or had someone die beneath your hands while you desperately tried to give first aid to an E-6 missing a quater of his skull, i'd kindly like to ask you to:



SHUT the FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:35 | 1032580 EscapeKey
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Calm the *beep* down, alright? I doubt there's many who wants to see war, but realise it will happen regardless of what we think. Call it geopolitical awareness.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:49 | 1032611 aerojet
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I used to give a shit about crap like this, but now I'm pretty much numb to the issue.  You signed up to be a centurion for the empire, so did the dying E-6 with part of his skull blown out.  What did you expect to happen?  US foreign policy has never been smart, it has always been thuggish and brutal, and maybe that is just human nature.  Either way, there are plenty of banker types whom I would enjoy seeing in the same condition as the poor E-6 from nowhere Kansas who just joined up to pay for college, or maybe to get away from boring old wherever.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 10:02 | 1032634 alien-IQ
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well said.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:46 | 1032609 aerojet
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Folks, it's worth high gas prices to see Qadafhi get what is coming to him. 

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 10:05 | 1032641 alien-IQ
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then why don't you go give him what he has "coming to him" and stop trying to volunteer someone elses kids to go die overseas.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 09:54 | 1032620 Saxxon
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This is an interesting video.  The guys look high-spirited but I am not too impressed with the scope of the men and materiel holding that facility.  Perhaps MK just lacks the troops to mop them up?

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 10:19 | 1032699 HedgeFundLIVE
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The Middle East is a mess. How naive can we be to believe that the Libyan civil war will be resolved in the near term? Are you deaf? Did you not hear that Saudi Arabia is outlawing peaceful protests?:

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 10:20 | 1032707 web bot
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With telepromt Obama at the helm... there will be no US invasion of Libya. This is the Europeans mess to sort out since it will have the most direct impact on them.

The UN implementing a no fly zone (code for destroying air fields, planes and taking out the command and control infrastructure) should empower the Libyans to take care of the rest.

For #uck sakes, for once I hope that the outside world for once works from the outside to help the people... then let the people take care of the rest.

This will start to change historical views of colonial powers in that part of the world.


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 12:28 | 1033200 CrashisOptimistic
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Wake the fuck up.  No one gives a shit about the people.

They want oil prices to decline.  If this was going on in Myanmar or Mali or Madafuckinggascar, there would be no interest in it at all.

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 14:29 | 1033557 michigan independant
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No we need the rest of the World to be a spectator on how spineless they really are. Evils only prevails when rightious men stand by if women and children are being butchered. When the Kurds where butchered on Europes door step they did what they always do. Ruthlessly pragmatic. This is about Economic's. Scarce resources as natural law. I am biased I have family in the Forces then and now also. Turn off your power to your house for three days and see what conclusion you feel about. As I told by Boss I have three priorities and your number three. Yes he conveyed you should remind yourself that The Company is number one priority. I cannot condemn a group that payed for my House ect... The point is whom do you serve and what cost overall do you believe? The Gatekeeper is the issue now and we will see what the MAN does hired as a Gatekeeper and compassion on good Intell. Carthage is always so problematic anyway. We buried the dead on thithe on the outskirts of Moscow then and cared for children crossing the border in Korea. Ask your members what you can do is all we can do at worship all who hear.

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