Iraq Breaks Down, Oil Surges - The Context Underlying The Growing Crisis

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity,

The situation in Iraq is serious, and is probably going to get worse before it gets better. The potential for this recent action to morph into a regional conflict is very high. That that means that oil could go a lot higher, and if it does, we can expect the odds of a global economic recession and an attendant financial crisis to go up considerably from here.

Before we dive into what's actually happening over there right now, I need to begin with a longer and deeper historical context of the region, which is essential to understanding pretty much everything in the Middle East. The western press likes to report on things as if they suddenly occur for no discernible reason, context-free and unconnected to our actions and activities over there. But the story of the Middle East is a story of intense external meddling -- especially by the US, recently. 

Further, I happen to hold the view that when an entire population resorts to violence, it's a sign that they feel they have no other options or opportunities.  Whether it's a financially-strapped fired US employee lashing out at their former bosses and co-workers, or an Arab youth raised in utter poverty deciding that military extremism makes sense, I see the same dynamic at play.

People, like animals, when cornered will take whatever path remains for them to escape. If left with no other paths besides violence, then violence is what you get.  It's not really all that hard to understand, and yet the US media goes out of its way to try and frame violent unrest as some form of inexplicable evil that magically appears for no good reason.

Well, there are plenty of reasons why violence exists in the Middle East is violent (and has for a very long time). And most of those have to do with resources, and their exceptionally scarcity in a desert environment.  

Of course, the Middle East isn't unique in this. For instance, the early European Viking raids and endless wars between the European kings during the middle ages were all essentially resource wars. To understand the reasons for war -- both ancient and modern --  you need to start with resources.  

So whenever I hear terms like 'radical militants' or 'Jihadists' or even 'terrorists', what I hear instead is 'people with poor resources who believe they have no other options.'  The unpleasant truth that threatens the dominant western narrative is that all humans, if they have access to sufficient resources and opportunities, are generally peaceful. By the time an entire population has been 'radicalized', the causal problems have been simmering for a long time and, as a result, will not be easily remedied.

Iraq Is Not Really A State

To start this story, we have to go back to the period just after WW I when Britain and France were divvying up the spoils of the region between themselves. 

Iraq did not exist prior to these two western powers taking out a map of the Middle east, a ruler and a pen, and summarily drawing straight lines that happened to rather inconsiderately cut across cultural, language and racial boundaries. The architects of this secret agreement were a Brit by the name of Sykes and a Frenchman by the name of Picot.

Prior to this Franco-British interference, the area was called Mesopotamia and had long been ruled by a contentious but roughly-balanced mixture of tribes and kings.

Here's the old Mesopotamia in green as compared to the borders drawn by Sykes & Picot:


To understand the current conflict, you have to understand the history of the borders, how they were drawn, and the extent of western plundering and meddling -- which began long before the Bush Iraq wars (I & II) began.

The old partition of the Middle East is dead. I dread to think what will follow

June 13, 2014


The entire Middle East has been haunted by the Sykes-Picot agreement, which also allowed Britain to implement Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s 1917 promise to give British support to the creation of a Jewish “homeland” in Palestine.


The collapsing Ottoman Empire of 1918 was to be split into two on a north-east, south-west axis which would run roughly from near Kirkuk – today under Kurdish control – across from Mosul in northern Iraq and the Syrian desert and through what is now the West Bank to Gaza.


Mosul was initially given to the French – its oil surrendered by the British in return for what would become a French buffer zone between Britain and the Russian Caucasus, Baghdad and Basra being safe in British hands below the French lines.


But growing British commercial desires for oil took over from imperial agreements. Mosul was configured into the British zone inside the new state of Iraq (previously Mesopotamia), its oil supplies safely in the hands of London.



It bears mentioning that the area the French and British allotted to themselves was already fully-populated by the people who lived there. However the area was already determined to be rich in oil and other commodities, and both colonial powers were well-practiced at the art of dividing and conquering local people in order to take their resources.

For the people of Mesopotamia, western resource plundering has only accelerated since the arbitrary lines that comprise the 'state' of Iraq were drawn. 

Of course, it's quite likely that Iraq's border were specifically drawn to cut across ethnic boundaries and thereby assure a failed state, because Britain had learned through history that failed states were the easiest to control. This was their preferred MO in India and numerous other colonies, and by 1916 it was a more or less perfected tool of statecraft.

But whether it was ineptitude or malign intent, the fact remains that Iraq was never a logical geographical entity; and its natural state would be to split into three autonomous regions: Kurds to the north, Sunnis to the west and Shiites to the south.

As a quick reminder, the differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims stems from a split made shortly after the prophet Muhammad died in 632:

Sunni and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. The demographic breakdown between the two denominations is difficult to assess and varies by source, but a good approximation is that approximately 87-89% of the world's Muslims are Sunni and approximately 11-12% are Shia, with most Shias belonging to the Twelver tradition and the rest divided between several other groups.

Sunnis are a majority in most Muslim communities: in Southeast Asia, China, South Asia, Africa, and most of the Arab world. Shia make up the majority of the citizen population in Iran, Iraq and Bahrain, as well as being a politically significant minority in Lebanon. Azerbaijan is predominantly Shia, however practicing adherents are much lower. Pakistan has the largest Sunni and second-largest Shia Muslim (Twelver) population in the world.


Sunnis believe that Abu Bakr, the father of Muhammad's wife Aisha, was Muhammad's rightful successor and that the method of choosing or electing leaders (Shura) endorsed by the Quran is the consensus of the Ummah (the Muslim community).


Shias believe that Muhammad divinely ordained his cousin and son-in-law Ali (the father of his grandsons Hasan ibn Ali and Hussein ibn Ali) in accordance with the command of God to be the next caliph, making Ali and his direct descendants Muhammad's successors. Ali was married to Fatimah, Muhammad's daughter from his wife Khadijah bint Khuwaylid.


(Source - wiki)

The reason it's important to know the differences between the two main forms of Islam involved is because the balance of power is split across the Middle East is based on which form dominates a given area.

Saudi Arabia is almost entirely Sunni and has been supporting the rebels in Syria and, by extension, in the rebels now in Iraq as well. Iran, on the other hand, is Shiite, as is most of Baghdad and southern Iraq.

The awkward part of this story is that if the US does get involved to help Baghdad out militarily, it would mean fighting on the same side as Iran (and against the forces the Saudi Arabia supports):

Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

June 14, 2014


Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.


The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence.


Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given "an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act bravely". His call to arms came after reports surfaced that hundreds of young men were flocking to volunteer centres across Baghdad to join the fight against Isis.


In Iran, Rouhani raised the prospect of Teheran cooperating with its old enemy Washington to defeat the Sunni insurgent group – which is attempting to ignite a sectarian war beyond Iraq's borders.



No wonder Washington is hemming and hawing!  There's no way for Obama to send support to Baghdad without undercutting a lot of carefully laid anti-Iranian propaganda.  What, we're going to be fighting on the same side now as our longtime "Death to America!" adversary?  Politically this is a real pickle.

But such an unnatural alliance may be happening:

US sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf as Obama considers air strikes in Iraq

June 14, 2014

The US is sending an aircraft carrier and two guided missile ships into the Persian Gulf, bolstering sea and airpower before a possible US strike on the jihadist army in Iraq in the coming days.

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush into the Gulf on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama indicated he would soon decide on air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), whose seizure of Sunni Iraqi cities has violently upended the region.


A bit ironic to be sending the USS George Bush, but there you have it.  Once again, the US is poised to deliver more military solutions to what are, at heart, political problems. 

As I've posted before, I think that sending your biggest ships into the the Persian Gulf bathtub is an outdated tactic that will not last long if/when modern anti-ship missiles are brought into that theater, such as the very impressive Yakhont-800 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile:

The truly awkward part for US foreign policy here is that Iran could likely come out of this with even more influence over Baghdad -- possibly even enjoying a permanent 'protector' role until or unless some other entity wants to step up to the plate and commit to the job.

Mission Accomplished?  That's going to go down as one of the most premature declarations of all time. More like Missing Accomplishment, if you ask me.

A Lightning-Fast Advance

The situation in Iraq developed fast and continues to move quickly.

Allegedly, nobody saw the rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) coming. "There was no warning".

I find that doubtful given all the tools of State right now, but whether warnings were ignored or not, ISIS has moved incredibly fast seizing one city after another as they've spread southards:

Islamist Insurgents Advance Toward Baghdad

Jun 11, 2014


Islamist militants swept out of northern Iraq Wednesday to seize their second city in two days, threatening Baghdad and pushing the country's besieged government to signal it would allow U.S. airstrikes to beat back the advance.


An alarmed Iraqi government also asked the U.S. to accelerate delivery of pledged military support, particularly Apache helicopters, F-16 fighters and surveillance equipment, to help push back fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an al Qaeda offshoot known as ISIS. The U.S. said it has been expediting shipments of military hardware to the Iraqis all year.


Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said his country faces a "mortal threat" from the ISIS insurgents.


Officials declined to say whether the U.S. would consider conducting airstrikes with drones or manned aircraft. The Obama administration is considering a number of options, according to a senior U.S. official who added that no decisions have been made.


Bernadette Meehan, a White House National Security Council spokeswoman, said the current focus of discussions with Iraq "is to build the capacity of the Iraqis to successfully confront and deal with the threat posed by [ISIS]."


ISIS overran Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Wednesday after capturing Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, a day earlier. The takeover of the city of 250,000 about 85 miles north of Baghdad was confirmed by Ali Al Hamdani, a senior official in Salah Al Din province, where the city is located. The insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners from the city's jails.


By Wednesday evening, there were reports of fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamists on the outskirts of Samarra, a city further south and less than 80 miles north of the capital.




Regional officials said they were worried that significant stocks of weapons ISIS fighters stole from military bases in northern Iraq could be transported across borders and used in conflicts and terror attacks elsewhere.


U.S. counterterrorism officials said on Tuesday that the attacks show the degree to which Islamist militants have established a revolving door between Iraq and Syria, with fighters flowing easily between the two countries and fueling conflict in both.



Somehow, ISIS rebels numbering in the hundreds, or perhaps low thousands, have managed to rout two full Iraqi brigades numbering some 30,000 troops from their positions and send them fleeing. That tells you everything you need to know about the esprit de corps of the Iraqi 'army.' It's not an effective fighting force at the moment.

Awkward Alliances

Now we get to the second awkward part of this story for the US. Along with Saudi Arabia, the US has been supplying weapons and training to the Syrian rebels many of whom are now heading south towards Baghdad.

To fight them would essentially mean fighting our own weapons and training. 

I'm really impressed with the ability of the US news industry, such as in the article above, in keeping out the extremely obvious connection between the hard line Syrian rebels we are supporting and the ISIS rebels now heading south. 

After all, it's not like the news is hidden, or only located on the fringe of the blogosphere. It's been widely reported for over a year that the US has been providing high level training and weapons to the Syrian rebels. Note that this next article from the Washington Post is over 9 months old:

CIA begins weapons delivery to Syrian rebels

Sept 11, 2013

The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.


Even more recently, it's been reported that the US has provided high tech anti-tank and anti aircraft weapons systems and training. This is state-of-the-art warcraft for ground troops:

U.S. training Syrian rebels; White House 'stepped up assistance'

June 12, 2014


WASHINGTON — White House officials refused to comment Friday on a Los Angeles Times report that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since late last year, saying only that the U.S. had increased its assistance to the rebellion.


The covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey began months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.


“We have stepped up our assistance, but I cannot inventory for you all the elements of that assistance,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “We have provided and will continue to provide substantial assistance to the Syrian opposition, as well as the Supreme Military Council.”


And PBS recently weighed in with a documentary on the matter, describing training in Qatar which disturbingly sounds a lot like instruction in how to commit war crimes:

Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

May 26, 2014


WASHINGTON — With reports indicating that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are gaining ground in that country’s brutal civil war, moderate Syrian rebels have told a visiting journalist that the United States is arranging their training in Qatar.


In a documentary to be aired Tuesday night, the rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey and then travel on to Qatar, where they say they received training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

The interviews are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels. In recent months, at least five rebel units have posted videos showing their members firing U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles at Syrian positions.


The weapons are believed to have come from Saudi Arabia, but experts on international arms transfers have told McClatchy that they could not have been given to the rebels without the approval of the Obama administration.


At Risk: MUCH Higher Oil Prices

The summary here is that the 'rebels' the US is supporting in Syria are part of the very same group that is now headed towards Baghdad.  They are all Sunni hard liners and they will not rest until they have created a new Sunni state for themselves. 

It's really that simple.

What's not simple is understanding what the US' motivations are here in wanting to topple so many regimes in the Middle East and North Africa.  Is it to appease our Saudi allies who also support Sunni causes across the region?  Is it to create an entire region of failed states because that serves some larger master plan?

Most importantly, did the US really think that we could both arm the Sunni rebels and support the brutal Shiite hard liner al-Maliki (the current president of Iraq) in Baghdad as he consolidated Shiite power at the expense of the Sunnis?  Why arm and support both sides, unless the goal was a bloody and protracted stalemate?

At any rate, US foreign policy is again in tatters and if it seems like there's no solid plan here, perhaps that's because there isn't one.  It's either a really complex and genius plan or intense bumbling and stumbling.  Sometimes it's hard to tell these things apart.

There was practically no chance of Iraq holding together after the US destroyed the country and then left it without any functioning state apparatus strong enough to withstand 14 centuries' worth of carefully-nurtured resentments in a harsh land with little going for it beyond the oil that will someday be gone.

At any rate, we'll just have to keep watching as all this develops. In the meantime, the biggest risk here is that this becomes a wider regional war.  One that begins by enveloping all of Iraq and which cuts off that countries oil exports for a while.

In Part 2: Oil At Risk, we lay out the very real and growing risk that a coming decrease in Iraq oil exports created by the current turmoil will result in an oil price spike that could approach $150 per barrel (or even worse under certain situations). Such a development would almost certainly plunge the global economy back in to Recession and financial crisis. We address the defensive steps concerned individuals should take now in advance of such a highly undesirable turn of events.

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Millivanilli's picture

Hey, keep OIL out of this.  This was, is and will be about spreading democracy and freedom.  


Ok.  I'm full of shit.  

alien-IQ's picture

Oil is the KY-Jelly of the democracy gangbang.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Obama and his crap (how many scandals are we up to?) are making us the laughing stock of the world.  


Batten down the hatchez, fishez!

alien-IQ's picture

I hate to break the news to you but we've been the laughing stock of the world well before Obama showed up in the White House.

Pinto Currency's picture


Weapons were flowing from Libya to Syria in 2012 - it didn't start in 2013 as this article suggests.

Nobody in the CIA or State Dept running these guns could have seen today's Iraq turmoil coming. 

All they were doing was supplying arms to Al Qaeda.

And Fast and Furious had worked out so well.

disabledvet's picture

"It's a mystery."

that has to be "pieced (peaced?) together."

What we do know is this: "there is a Capitol (Baghdad) with no country." Baghdad has been around a VERY long time.

And that might be all we need to know actually.

"Everything else is being played if on a Stage."

We might not know the outcome of the Act...but we are holding our breath.

I can't explain it but there's something "not right" about this.

It's "real"...but feels "contrived." Like i'm only seeing half the story.

Does this make sense?

Soul Glow's picture

But Obama was going to get all the troops out!  He promised!

Pinto Currency's picture


One item - I have to admit that despite the transfer of arms to AQ in Syria from Libya, that the speed of the takeover in Iraq notionally by a few thousand of these same AQ militants in pickup trucks is more than a little malodorous.

Are we watching MSM theater notionally to justify further intervention in Iraq - or is the Iraqi army really that pathetic that it has folded in half the country.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

My email tonight to the Zhedge "brain trust" ( all three of them!)

tips (at)

Subject: You cover "everything under the sun"...

...but you never touch the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion...claimed by some to be a clear forgery (see wiki).

You guys are either the same useless idiots you consistently point out that others are, or you a fronts for the Jew King.

I don't buy that you have "missed" the Protocols. I am going to expose you as the fraudulent (cough named penned), news junky, drama news (cough Jews) you are unless you step up to plate and have an honest discussion about the Protocols.

Men or mice? 



PS Tyler #1, yea you mother fucker, come on out and play

Occident Mortal's picture

Sykes and Picot drew up maps specifically to fill regions with countries of equal size and power who would be hostile towards one another.


This is an extremely difficult thing to do and the old world powers were extremely good at it.



The only area of the entire globe which Europe did not successfully divide up was North America and the reason why they failed to carve up North America was because it was too damn new and too damn empty. There weren't enough people there with enough historic troubles to carve out warring factions. A giant trade block emerged.

Manthong's picture

<<<<< Jen Psaki = Evil Cunt

<<<<< Jen Psaki = Good girl doing her best for ‘merika

Son of Loki's picture

Billions spent raining the Eye-Rackees and this is what happens?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Don't be a putz, either Zerohedge saves a few useless charts and starts discussing stated manifestors such as "Protocols"...or they become irrelevant.

new game's picture

th-spot on, believe half or less of what is posted here. still the same-every human has a hidden agenda-kudos for calling out zh to respond! fight club ask the referee to response to the vegas odds makers conection..haha

ps. chriss-thanks for well written doc of mess in m.e.

Quentin Daniels's picture

He promised to pull the troops out.  He never said anything about not putting them back in again later.

hoos bin pharteen's picture

Well, "If you like your troops, you can keep them."

Translational Lift's picture

So....where was the NSA while all this Iraq shit was building up??  Asleep at their desks....watching porn.....watching the POTU.....oh nevermind!

Another total miss, f-up, another worthless, bloated, burdensome, expensive bureaucracy that just spies on their own people..............

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

to some of our slow members, NSA is for domestic control, TSA also, HLS also...I will never have to be searched and groped by ISIS or Taliban, but it is done on a daily basis by our own security agents, now who should I be fighting again?

prains's picture

well,well,well,well........well before Pharry

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Why don't these pious types, turn and head for Tel Aviv, free a ton of kiddy porn slaves and Russian hookers? Shittin in their own well if you ask me.

BandGap's picture

Sounds like you in the shower in high school, laughing stock. Obama is another tool, but America isn't a refelction of this "leadership".

Fuck off, or just go die.

J S Bach's picture

All of this is very important stuff.  But, never lose sight of the fact that the only reason there would be a "financial meltdown" is because of the flawed debt-based money system forced upon (literally) every country.  If each nation had its own sovereign money system based on something solid - whether it be gold, oil, labor, etc... the world would be a much stabler and happier place.  Those behind the usury of nations are the only real target ANYONE should be aiming at.

Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

WRONG. A society which allows people like Obama, Bush, Clinton to be its "leaders" is sick. Obama is definitely a sad reflection of America.

Bill Shockley's picture

This is about screwing the Russians and Iranians and their puppet masters, the Chinese. This is CIA foreign policy and in the national interest for a change.


We cut a deal with Bin Ladin in Afganistan and he got Stinger missles and shot down 500 Russian choppers, now we cut a deal with ISIS and they get TOW anti-tank weapons to work up Assad.


The Sunis were always going to get their share of Iraq and in payment they will push the Russians and Assad out of Syria.

Isis and Al Qaida is the army of Saudia Arabia.

Remember your history guys. This is the first smart foreign policy move since Chaney took over back in the day. Halburton and the other mercs will be the losers in this one.


The big question is who gets Bagdad and what Iran can do with it's Nukes defended by Russian missles.

 Green Zone evac anyone?

Anyone see WW3.



BigJim's picture

There is ZERO evidence Iran has nukes.

But the rest of your assertions are about right.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Oh no it's Chris Martenson..."deep state" (wait, that is his guitar playing buddy, whats his face)...blah blah. Great minds, weak souls. The mid east is being carefully brought down for GREATER ISRAEL. Just wait til its the NINTH INNING in the USA for the Jew Kings plans....that oughtta really be good!

icanhasbailout's picture

neat trick, getting Saudi Arabia to go all-in on making a Greater Israel.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Neat trick getting Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton or Jeb really think controlling Saudi is tough, sheesh.

icanhasbailout's picture

I'm pretty sure Saudis are doing a lot more controlling than being controlled.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Look at it this way: All that QE liquidity sloshing around the US and EU, and the rising oil prices to absorb a good chunk of it.

post turtle saver's picture

playing both sides against the middle

yellencrash's picture

A universally handy strategy, as self defeating in global affairs as it is in the U.S. class system.

surfersd's picture

Much better map.

At this time the oilfields seem protected. It could go pear shaped, but I don't think the Kurds in the north and Shities in Bagdad nor Omama want the ISIS stopping the flow. If anything we could see a problem with the products if hey shutdown a couple refineries. 


surfersd's picture

Much better map.

At this time the oilfields seem protected. It could go pear shaped, but I don't think the Kurds in the north and Shities in Bagdad nor Omama want the ISIS stopping the flow. If anything we could see a problem with the products if hey shutdown a couple refineries. 


IridiumRebel's picture

All by design...excuse me as I have to fill the cars up....

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Neither paper gold, Asian stocks nor crude oil is moving much...


IridiumRebel's picture

I'm as prepared for this as much as I can be...I'm sure you are too.

alien-IQ's picture

I'm sure the NSA would have had no problem seeing this coming if ISIS had posted their plans on facebook or used i-phones to communicate.

Millivanilli's picture

Yeah, those guys are probably sending messages in 20 lb tubs of hummus and baba ganoush.

Seasmoke's picture

Forget $5. How long before we see $8 gas. I'm filling up all the cars and containers ASAP.

Variance Doc's picture

Yep, but this is excellent. I store many cars with the marine version.

Atomizer's picture

There are two types of oil barons of the world. One that writes cheques, and the other who looks like he came off a oil rig hit.

navy62802's picture

Newsflash ... none of the "third world" really consists of what we traditionally refer to as a "nation-state." Pretty much all of the "third world" consists of arbitrary geopolitical boundaries drawn up by former world powers that have fallen from status. This is lesson numero uno in the world that we face. It is not a new fact ... it is just one that has been well-obscured for a while. If you wonder why there is such discord, look no further than the history books.

navy62802's picture

The world as we know it today is a vestige of the colonial powers of the years ranging from 1500 to the late 1900s. The territories that these colonial powers claimed were useful to them in terms of natural resources. The same regions are useful to us today for the same reasons. The illusion that has been successfully pulled off is that the United States is not a colonial power. However, the reality is that we try to do covertly what the former colonial powers did overtly. Instead of using weapons that maim and kill, we use financial weapons and deceipt. However, the underlying structure is flawed. We are trying to deal with artificial governments imposed on artificial geopolitical sections of land. And this fact is the undoing of American foreign policy. The world as we know it is outdated, and the areas of the world experiencing conflict right now are seeking the natural balance. The only thing to do is to let it play out naturally. The only obstacle is the impatience of elected leaders. It isn't even the impatience of citizens ... just the "leaders." Because they know that they have lied. And to be patient would mean that the lies would be exposed. And they can't have that.

Jack Burton's picture

Agreed Iraq could go down hill faster than already. Nothing insures the oil fields remain pumping, or even who controls various ones. You only need add to this the serious gas crisis in Europe. If you look at Ukraine's position, they have asked for prices to remain at pre coup lows, while they bomb and rocket cities full of ethnic Russians. They already owe 4.5 billion and refuse to pay. They are now on pay as you go, BUT, have said they will just steal the gas they want from in transit gas to Europe. Ukraine has 5 months in reserve, none of it paid for. Russia is not shipping to Ukraine, but must ship through Ukraine. In short, a major energy crisis is brewing in Europe. Iraq is headed to god knows where.

How can energy and economies not come under pressure? Lets face it, in 2014, real economies are oil and gas based. You raise those prices and all productive economic activity suffers. But the bankers and market makers can trade all they like, but real economics rule the day. And energy rules real economies.

The CIA has been arming and funding the same guys in Syria who are attacking in Iraq, how do they just not get called out on this? I have yet to hear media or congress ask CIA what arming Al-Qaeda is all about! Syria and Iraq, share Sunni populations and share a common open border. A Syrian ISIS is an Iraq ISIS. Cia arms and funds you if you are the Syrian side, and claims to want to fight you if you are on the Iraqi side. AND, Nobody in the Washington and Media whorehouse even mentions this or asks what the fuck this is all about.

Millivanilli's picture

The IMF said it will gladly loan Ukraine money, if... cough cough, they maintain the territorial integrity of the country.  


Hence war.   


All wars are bankers wars- who the fuck can profit by financing the debt incurred from death and destruction with money made from ether I might add.  

Idaho potato head's picture

Putin has already technically quashed that with Crimea joining the RF. No wonder Kiev is behaving like like rabid minks.