Former CIA Deputy Director Gives A Stunning Reason Why Obama Has Not Attacked ISIS' Oil Infrastructure

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As we pointed out a week ago, even before the downing of the Russian jet by a Turkish F-16, the most important question that nobody had asked about ISIS is where is the funding for the terrorist organization coming from, and more importantly, since everyone tacitly knows where said funding is coming from (as we have revealed in an ongoing series of posts "Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President", "How Turkey Exports ISIS Oil To The World: The Scientific Evidence" and "ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection") few on the US-led Western Alliance have done anything to stop the hundreds of millions in oil sale proceeds from funding the world's best organized terrorist group.

We concluded by asking "how long until someone finally asks the all important question regarding the Islamic State: who is the commodity trader breaching every known law of funding terrorism when buying ISIS crude, almost certainly with the tacit approval by various "western alliance" governments, and why is it that these governments have allowed said middleman to continue funding ISIS for as long as it has?"

To be sure, the only party that actually did something to halt ISIS' oil infrastructure was Russia, whose bombing raids of Islamic State oil routes may not only have contributed to the fatal attack by Turkey of the Russian Su-24 (as the curtailment of ISIS' oil flows led to a big hit in the funds collected by the biggest middleman in the region, Turkey, its president and his son, Bilal not to mention Israel which may have been actively buying ISIS oil over the past year) but prompted questions why the bombing campaign by the US-led alliance had been so woefully incapable of hitting ISIS where it truly hurts: its funding.

This past week, someone finally came up with a "reason" why the Obama administration had been so impotent at denting the Islamic State's well-greased oil machine. In an interview on PBS' Charlie Rose on Tuesday, Rose pointed out that before the terrorist attacks in Paris, the U.S. had not bombed ISIS-controlled oil tankers, to which the former CIA deputy director Michael Morell responded that Barack Obama didn’t order the bombing of ISIS’s oil transportation infrastructure until recently because he was concerned about environmental damage.

Yes, he really said that:

We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure.

In other words, one can blame such recent outbreaks of deadly terrorist activity as the Paris bombings and the explosion of the Russian passenger airplane over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Obama's hard line stance to not pollute the atmosphere with the toxic aftermath of destroyed ISIS infrastructure.


As the Daily Caller adds, Morell also said the White House was concerned about destroying infrastructure that could be used by the Syrian people. Such profound concern for a people which has been traumatized for the past 5 years courtesy of a US-funded effort to destabilize the nation courtesy of US-armed "rebels" whose only purpose has been the deposition of yet another elected president, and where the emergence of the CIA-created Islamic State has led to the biggest wave of refugees to emerge, and flood Europe, since World War II.

But back to Obama's alleged decision that not polluting the environment is more important than halting the funding artery that keeps ISIS in business.

Morell continued "Prior to Paris, there seemed to be a judgment that … look, we don’t want to destroy these oil tankers because that’s infrastructure that’s going to be necessary to support the people when ISIS isn’t there anymore, and it’s going to create environmental damage. And we didn’t go after oil wells - actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls because we didn’t want to do environmental damage and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure, right.”

Then we started asking questions, others joined in, and everything changed: "So now we’re hitting oil in trucks and maybe you get to the point where you say we also have to hit oil wells. So those are the kind of tough decisions you have to make."

Of course, the lunacy gets even more ridiculous when one recalls that none other than one of the democrat frontrunners for president, Bernie Sanders, suggested in all seriousness that the real cause for terrorism is climate change, an allegation subsequently echoed by both UK's Prince Charles and none other than the chief of the UN, Ban Ki-moon himself.

So here is the purported logic: climate change leads to terrorism, but one can't eradicate the primary funding source of the biggest terrorist threat in the world, the Islamic State, because of dangers it may lead to even more environmental damage and climate change.

We are truly speechless at this idiocy.

Meanwhile, the real reasons behind ISIS massive wealth build up: the illicit oil trade facilitated by, and involving NATO-member state Turkey, whose president and his son collect billions in illegal profits by arranging the charter of Islamic State oil to Israel and other international buyers of ISIS' cheap oil, and which involves such "highly respected" commodity traders as Trafigura and Vitol, continues to this day, and only Putin has done anything to put a dent in it.

For those who can't believe any of this (and it took us quite a while to realize this is not some elaborate prank) here is the clip proving the former CIA deputy director actually said it all.

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kowalli's picture

just go die, fucker

Looney's picture

Morell is the same spook who “edited” Susan Rice’s Benghazi SNAFU.

Why don’t all these assholes like Morell, Greenspan, Bernanke, just shut up, crawl under a rock, and hope they’re never found? ;-)


sam i am's picture


Silk Roads, Night Trains and the Third Industrial Revolution in China … by Pepe Escobar

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

The media is in the tank for cunts like this, and most people just don't bother paying attention anyway. If Charlie Rose asked tough questions, his career would have ended before it even began. Instead he makes a wonderful living playing the kindly avuncular shill.


Ignatius's picture

There is no lie these murderous cunts won't tell. I guess depleted uranium is not an environmental concern?  Fuck 'em.  Fuck all of 'em.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Another limited hangout by a top cia spook in the past month for PR damage control. Is anyone counting?

Omen IV's picture

Lyin Liar who Lies for a Living

Pladizow's picture

----> Not OK to spill oil

----> OK to spill blood

LawsofPhysics's picture

The real economy requires consumable calories, period. Without consumable calories you cannot grow, do, or make shit. When your tribe does not invest it's resources wisely, your tribe has the following choice;

1) fuck off and die


2) go to war with the neighboring tribe and take their resources.

It has in fact been this way since the dawn of time. The spice must flow, so evolve or die fuckers.


tdag's picture

So thoughtful of them. They just care so much it makes me swell with pride.

Soul Glow's picture

The shitshow must go on....

James_Cole's picture

I lost brain cells just skimming this article. Weekend tyler at all time low....ratings high?

Soul Glow's picture

It's not Tyler's fault if you don't know how to read.

Occident Mortal's picture

The environmental damage of blowing up an oil truck?


Obama does realise all of this smuggeled oil is destined to be burnt regardless of whether it is in a tanker on a road is Syria or in the engines of Air Force One?

Any quantum of oil is destined to be burnt from the moment it is extracted from the earth.


If he really wanted to reduce emissions he should bomb the wells ASAP. Piss poor logic at the top of the administration.



two hoots's picture


NO, it is because it is now cheap enough (for the usual suspect) to buy it elsewhere.  Now they can target it.  Not to mention Russia made it newsworthy and they had to do something.  Too late,  it wll all come out but they will try to contain the damage until on one cares.


Anonymous User's picture
Anonymous User (not verified) donhuangenaro Nov 29, 2015 3:49 PM

Don't know why they even bother to make statements.


1. sheeple DON'T care, they live only for #BlackFridayMatters

2. Non sheeple know the truth

So who is left caring why Odumber is so into bellydancing ?

macholatte's picture

What we know:


- The ISIS oil is sold to Turkey for about half market value and Turkey then gets it out to the open market and makes hundreds of millions in profit.

- Barry’s environmental concerns are obvious bulllshit


What we don’t know:

- Is Merrill just another tool of the left trying to give cover to Barry with the bullshit environment story or is he simply reporting what he really was told.

- How much Barry & Clinton & Soros are getting paid by Turkey to ensure that the Spice Flows.

A Nanny Moose's picture

- Barry’s environmental concerns are obvious bulllshit

But he tried to save some turtles in Nevada from being covered in shovel ready cow shit.

knukles's picture

All's fair in love and masturbation

MontgomeryScott's picture

In the fantasies of the Western World Order (NWO), everyone is 'someone'.

ALL are 'Chiefs', and none is an 'Indian'. The conquorors, and the vanquished, are on a 'level playing field'.

It's a BITCH when the 'masturbating masses' (the 'great unwashed, uncut people') begin to manually manipulate those who consider themselves 'above all else'. It's like being thrust into the position of 'lowest common denominator' (vis-a-vis 'No Child left Behind').

Mental masturbation: It IS a BITCH.



Manthong's picture

Oh.. f me with a spoon.. on second thought with a monstrous spatula.

In case no one has noticed…

“Not right in your every-day” ?????‘ thousands of radio ads……. “if you see something suspicious say something because it does not fit in your every day”……    how f’n more NAZI can that be ???????:?

Manthong's picture


as a white person who is observant..

it sucks to be white anymore

I think we should all be whiney, privileged extremely rich sons of black railroad executives.

..or maybe lanky daughters of a Wookie.


Manthong's picture

I DC stick welded some stainless steel tonight.

OK.. so I also used the wire welder  to put a couple of little plates together and then went downstairs to the wood shop..

Then I needed to mortise and tenon a couple pieces of Maple… then I needed cut some EMT so that I could start to replace all of the 4 foot 80W fluorescents with  a few ganged hex box 3000 degree LED’s that only draw 24 watts.

Then I needed to thread two sides of a 3 foot piece of ¾ inch black pipe

And then goddam it,  wouldn’t you know that I needed sweat a piece of ½ inch copper into the water heater..

Then I had to go and to replace a cord on the bush trimmer and then O-Scope a bad large screen display and replace some caps.

Outside of all that it was a pretty normal day. how is that degree in Philosophy working out nowadays, kiddies ?????

jeff montanye's picture

just fine sir.  we're going to law school and then to washington d.c. as lobbyists or staffers, we haven't decided yet.

we get illegal aliens to do that kind of thing for us.  when we just don't buy new shit on the internet, that is.

Manthong's picture

Sir.. with all due respect.. how many lawn mowers do you know how to deal with when push comes to shove..

heh heh .. how many lawyers do you know can put them all in the 9 ring at 10 meters?

a lot of folks think that being over run like Germany is normal.

I tend to think that stuff is changing.

and BTW.. when the SHTF.. you do not want to be a lobbyist.

Those Armani suits are not much protection.

and ooo. it so happens that I have lived on a half acre of golf course frontage property in a major metro area for over 30 years...

What about you?


Solio's picture

Manthong, bully for you!

How do you avoid all of the pesti and herbicides that get slathered onto the GC's? Very bad for the neighborhood, you know.

Manthong's picture

well, none of my mexicans are allowed to apply anything to my green space.. 

but sad but true the commercial crud they use on the GC...

good news is the public GC is going broke like most GC's nowadays..

it may be a real park again before I bail to warmer climes

oh.. and I limit the wife to 4 oz of Round-Up each spring.


but then again if they decide to sell off the fairway here for anything except Section 8, my property will go way up in value.

..the town would go up in flames if they tried to move mass quantities of Syrians in.

and.. and  and if you have a bad hook, I get your golf balls.

y’know… this might be a significant indicator…..

I do not see many bodies out on the GC anymoar…

And the annual yield from the bad hook crowd has gone down from over a hundred balls to something like 40 or so.

Read what you want to into this casually observed stat.

Uncle Sugar's picture

JC - Obie is your boy. Don't tell us you don't agree with his policies and have any doubt this is how he thinks.  Remember he's already said climate change is worse for humanity than ISIS.

James_Cole's picture

I doubt anyone among the zh writers (inlcuding the above author) actually believes the reason Obama has held back on ISIS is environmental concerns. Certainly that would contradict the primary thesis zh has been putting forth for months.

The function of this article is playing to the cheapest seats. Obama = satan, environmentalists = demons etc. If only there was a second amendment angle that could be worked in, that'd really get the pea brains hopping mad!

Remember he's already said climate change is worse for humanity than ISIS.

A quantitatively true statement. Especially for the bible crowd this should right true. The four horsemen of the apocalypse are.....(hint: none are terrirsts)

r00t61's picture

I lose brain cells every time I scroll past one of your inane, rambling posts of verbal diarrhea. 

MontgomeryScott's picture

As an apologist for ALL the 'former members' of the CIA, I was waiting for you to discuss the 'Nerdpack Qotient' and it's various 'ramifications' in the 'Near-Eastern' quadrant of 'Command And Control' RE: THE CONTROL AND DISTRIBUTION OF OIL.

I doubt (sincerely) that 'Mr. Cole' (COAL, UNDERSCORE) can understand or grasp the humor of his/her/it's situation.

The Israeli State Intelligence Services have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the so-called 'Maunder Minimums' (as postulated).

'Quantitative' and 'Qualitative' statements do not preclude or eradicate the TRUTH and FACT of the matters at hand; or rather the CONVERGENCE of such; regardless of your own 'personal biases'.

Quantities of crap are not indicitive of the QUALITY of such. A SHITLOAD of bullshit smells just as bad as your opinion, Horatio...


NEXT UP: Nestle, 'SAVIOR OF THE FRESH WATER SUPPLY', discusses the logical 'rationing techniques', courtesy of 'James_Cole'!

'Francis_Marion' LIVES, in the meme of 'James_Cole'!

The 'POPO' has NO Itralian blood...

fleur de lis's picture

Maurice Strong kicked the bucket. Finally. One less NWO termite. Now if only the rest of them would croak and give us some peace and quiet for a while.

The CIA goons and their central banker masters must be devastated. One of their prize troublemakers has been called back to the Inferno.

Oh, well. At least he can catch up with all his old friends and meet the handlers who guided him to torment the Earth.

Papi_Al-Mahdi's picture

Thank you. Obvious bullshit intended to bounce off the walls of the hegelian dialectic hive mind for the current ramp-up of global warming hysteria/propaganda. Completely disgusting. FUCK YOU CFR!

beemasters's picture

You must really be low on brain cell counts.

SheHunter's picture

Careful saying anything against  ABC Media and their favorite bad boy aquisition ZH / Taylor.  You will be bombarded with down votes. Notice the quality contributors skipped ship when ZH whored itself to ABC? There is a good reason.  AKA Tylor is now just a carefully rehearsed 'renegade'. Yawn. Sad to see ZH turn into the Nat'l enquirer website.

SheHunter's picture

Careful saying anything against  ABC Media and their favorite bad boy aquisition ZH / Taylor.  You will be bombarded with down votes. Notice the quality contributors skipped ship when ZH whored itself to ABC? There is a good reason.  AKA Tylor is now just a carefully rehearsed 'renegade'. Yawn. Sad to see ZH turn into the Nat'l enquirer website.

Stuck on Zero's picture

"the White House was concerned about destroying infrastructure that could be used by the Syrian people."

BS meter on high.  But it was okay to bomb the power plants and water infrastructure.

Parrotile's picture

We can't be damaging Erdogan's son's income stream now, can we.

How else are those "Western-backed Moderate Terrorists" supposed to fund their jihad? How else is the "Fair, Impartial" West going to remove that "despotic Tyrant" Assad (the "tyrant" his people were happy to elect, in elections that were fair, unlike the recent charade in Turkey).

One law for "us" (and our "friends"), another law for everyone else.

turnoffthewater's picture

"concerned about environmental damage"

I'm John McGain and I approve of this message. Paid for by the committee (MIC) for more responsible change

DanDaley's picture

When your tribe does not invest it's resources wisely, your tribe has the following choice;

1) fuck off and die


2) go to war with the neighboring tribe and take their resources.


This borders on the profound -truly.

Socratic Dog's picture

Profound?  It's simplistic garbage.  Seems OK on first glance, until you get your brain into gear.

What about reducing your standard of living, voluntarily?  Maybe freely trading with those who have what you want (comely virgins, an easily-produced commodity, can be taded for most anything)?  Figuring out replacement resources you can use?

The analysis might be accurate for, say, packs of wild dogs.  Can't see it applies to enbrained humans.  Well, maybe to americans....

MontgomeryScott's picture


HAIFA, much?

I thought so.

JustObserving's picture

2400 tons of depleted uranium used in Iraq and 1000 tons in Afghanistan.

Fallujah cancer rates worse than Hiroshima due to use of depleted uranium. Leukemia rates 38 times higher than normal

Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War’s Legacy Of Cancer

Depleted Uranium Contamination: A Crime against Humanity

giggler321's picture

ofcourse the military organised these.  where should the guillotine stop?  perhaps much lower than just the heads of state for the crimes against humanity

Lore's picture

Perhaps much HIGHER than the heads of state?

MontgomeryScott's picture


As I sit here in my 'undisclosed bunker', reloading 'tacticals', and thanking God Almighty that I don't reside in the Northern 7 States of Obama's OPEN ADMISSSION TO THE WORLD (Canada, as it is), I thought of (while reading your post) a song by the Canuck band 'RUSH'. You, of course, have to guess WHICH song I refer to.

# ('hashtag') OPERATION: MINDCRIME: 'Revolution calling'!

"HIGHER than the 'heads of state"'. RE: this statement, you are CORRECT. WHO, exactly, do you trust, when EVERYONE is a crook?

It's a fracking MINDCRIME!

The 'heads of state' are mere minions of the 'greater plans'.


It's your brother, DATA.