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Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, U.S. Study Says May 13, 2007

Posted by iniquity in U.S. News, War In Iraq, World News.
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Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report.

Missing Oil

Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the discrepancy was valued at $5 million to $15 million daily.

The report does not give a final conclusion on what happened to the missing fraction of the roughly two million barrels pumped by Iraq each day, but the findings are sure to reinforce longstanding suspicions that smugglers, insurgents and corrupt officials control significant parts of the country’s oil industry.

The report also covered alternative explanations for the billions of dollars worth of discrepancies, including the possibility that Iraq has been consistently overstating its oil production.

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Protect America, Not George Bush: Generals take out ads calling Bush a liar May 10, 2007

Posted by iniquity in News, Television, U.S. News, War In Iraq, World News.
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One of the favorite GOP talking points is that Congress shouldn’t be making decisions for troops on the ground, that Bush listens to his generals and that they determine the course of action in Iraq. Three retired generals, John Batiste, Paul Eaton, and Wesley Clark, and a veteran of Afghanistan are taking to the airwaves to dispute that claim in a new series of ads sponsored by VoteVets. The ads are intended to force Congress, and particularly GOP members who have continually rubberstamped this war, to do its job and end this war.

VIEW THE FIRST AD AND READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE