Ted Koppel voiced the opinion of the American imperialists yesterday. We need to be in Iraq so we can steal the oil and then gave the Republicans a talking point: If we pull the troops out of Iraq "precipitously" imagine what would happen to the price of oil. There is no doubt that Iraq is not as violent as it once was, but this of course is as fragile as it could possibly be so let us find another reason to stay and that is oil. Ahah! At least the imperialists are not making up reasons anymore. Also, the Pentagon said ah fungoo to the Iraqi Prime Minster today who said he wanted a time table. The Pentagon said I don't think so.
KOPPEL: "U.S. troops are in a part of the world that produces a huge amount of oil and natural gas. We will have U.S. troops in that region for years to come, whether we want to or not. … And with the price of oil going up to a 4.5 dollars a gallon, imagine what would happen to the price of oil if we precipitously pull troops out of the Persian Gulf. It’s not going to happen."