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US and Israel Quietly Break Up Iraq


US Court Orders Kurdish Oil Seized

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by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

 

While the world is distracted with Israeli atrocities in Gaza, the US and Israel are quietly breaking up Iraq. According to Reuters UK, a federal court in Texas has ordered US Marshals to seize a $100 million cargo of Kurdish oil on a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas – but only if the tanker enters US territorial waters.

Attorneys for the government of Iraq laid claim to the oil in a lawsuit they filed on July 28. Since May, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has shipped five million-barrel tankers of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan in defiance of Iraqi law, which mandates that Baghdad has sole authority over Iraq’s natural resources. One cargo of Kurdish crude was delivered to the United States in May to an unidentified buyer.

Four other tanker loads of Kurdish oil have been delivered to Israel.

The recent inability of the Iraqi government to defend its northern territories from the Islamic State (aka ISIS aka ISIL) has emboldened the KRG to assert control over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. With the complicity of the Turkish government, they have been marketing the oil on their own behalf. Because Kurdistan is land-locked, the oil must be shipped via pipeline to Turkey.

Obama’s Contradictory Position on Kurdish Autonomy

This is one rare instance in which the US and Israel appear to be on opposite sides (or do they?). According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration publicly opposes direct oil sales by Kurdistan, fearing this could contribute to the break-up of Iraq.

Yet, repeating a common pattern, the official position contradicts growing evidence that the CIA is training and arming ISIS militants.

Israel, meanwhile, is eager to expand trade with Kurdistan. According to unnamed Israeli officials, they see it as an opportunity to expand Israel’s limited diplomatic network in the Middle East, while simultaneously shoring up the country’s energy security.

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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr. Bramhall is a retired American child and adolescent psychiatrist, activist and political refugee in New Zealand.

Her first book The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led her to leave the US in 2002. She has also published two young adult novels about political activism: The Battle for Tomorrow: A Fable

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She is involved in the national leadership of the New Zealand Green Party and has a political blog at StuartJeanneBramhall.com

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4 Responses to "US and Israel Quietly Break Up Iraq"

  1. Jack Heart  July 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Alright Dr. your evidence that Isis is financed by the CIA probably needs a little sprucing up (sorry Dr. I should have sent this information to you 2 days ago when I got it). Like everything else I guess this one falls on me. I love that song “And all your weight it falls on me, it falls on me.”

    https //public.isishq.com/public/SitePages/Home.aspx

    Sorry spy kids too, but it is not in my job description to withhold information especially information come to me through my own channels that nobody asked me to withhold, besides all I see in the Middle East are dead babies and a bunch of half berserk Islamic fundamentalists profaning one of the Goddesses most ancient and venerable names.

    You and your readers might want to look through the site Dr. before they take it down

    “ISIS is headquartered outside Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Our Washington D.C. office is located in the Ronald Reagan Building. We are dedicated to supporting our national defense and security departments, as well as government contractors and private business, with mission-critical services performed by highly skilled experts in their fields. ISIS professionals can be found working side by side with the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Government and Prime Contractors on the ground in such strategic environments as the Middle East.”

  2. Grampah  July 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Gangsters plot and scheme to make big thefts, ‘too big to be disclosed”. They have devastated the wealth of the US and dozens of other countries so what’s wrong with stealing crude oil?

  3. David Odell  July 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    ” “We do not comment on the origin of crude oil being imported by the private refineries in Israel,” an Israeli energy ministry spokeswoman said. ”
    Really,.. then what exactly does an Energy Ministry comment on ? And why is it called a Ministry ?
    Thomas Szasz said “Since theocracy is the rule of God or its priests, and democracy the rule of the people or of the majority, pharmacracy is therefore the rule of medicine or of doctors. “ Must be we’ll have to call it Crudeocracy. the rule of Oil Trade. …or perhaps just ” stealing oil “.

    • ani  July 30, 2014 at 4:54 am

      Interesting comment David.

      I’ve known for a while about the unholy triumvirate of ‘police, press and politicians’
      tonight I was reminded by Patrick Willis of yet another unholy triumvirate of p’s
      ‘priests, princes and profits(sp)’
      to which You add pharmacracy

      the seven deadly sins.

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