Bush II once upon a time said that about oil rich Iraq and the Iraqi people, just before invading Iraq to remove those dangerous WMD.
A million dead Iraqis (four million expatriated) later, BP is beginning to control the pumping of "Iraqi" oil.
One interesting thing I noted was that Obama made this proclamation from Brazil, reminding me of some recent Dredd Blog "history" written in 2009:
The 5th Fleet together with troops are in the Middle East where there is lots of oil.(The Fleets & Terrorism Follow The Oil). That bit of history set the context for the meaning of some of Obama's statements from Brazil:
The 4th Fleet has been reactivated after 58 years of being moth balled, and has been sent to Central / South America where there is also lots of oil.
A website of the federal government tells us:
"Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy."(Department of Energy [they removed it, so here is The Wayback Machine copy of that page: Department of Energy]). Which is the same thing as saying you are economically dead without your blood, your oil.
The struggle for economic life then, would be the struggle for oil would it not?
Bush II put it in the cowboy language during a state of the union address to congress, saying that "America is addicted to oil".
... hailing the United States’ growing economic and political ties with Brazil and predicting “a path toward even greater cooperation for decades to come.”(NY Times). There are a few people in Brazil who understand exactly what he meant, there are a few people in the U.S. who also understand what he meant even though he was using "newspeak", and then there is the majority who have great faith and hope in "coincidence".
Which reminds me of some song lyrics: "Take what you have gathered from coincidence" (Bob Dylan).
Of course it was only coincidence that the Brazilian oil discovery in late 2007 (the world's largest find in 30 years) was quickly followed by the reactivation of the U.S. Navy's 4th Fleet that had been mothballed for 58 years.
It was only further coincidence that the 4th fleet went south to end up anchored around and about that "Brazilian" oil field.
Oh and yes it was another coincidence that Obama announced the invasion of Libya, the country with the largest oil reserves in Africa, on the day he arrived in oil rich Brazil.
Yeah, just hopey changey coincidence.
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