Ludwig von Gress
Obama’s efforts in Middle East remind me of something equally unpleasant, specifically Queensland Police Force in early eighties and a certain Jack Herbert, who unofficially run the Licensing branch – gambling, prostitution and illegal grog.
Bear with me; chances are that, wherever you are, your police is doing the same. After all, here in Queensland the Fitzgerald inquiry is largely forgotten and it is a business as usual.
Detective Sgt. Jack Herbert evolved a procedure for distribution of the bribes from the bosses of the organisations the Licensing branch was supposed to suppress. On Friday he would announce that he has a sure tip on a horse, everybody should give him ten dollars and he would place the bet. Nobody did, but on Monday everybody would get an envelope containing his “winning” – $100, a lot of money at that time. In return he expected to be informed of any planned raid well in advance. The gambling and prostitution bosses who were on The Joke never got caught, but others, and designated patsies who had nothing to lose, did.
In Middle East for some time United States and allies, including Australia, are supposedly “degrading” and “reducing” the Islamic Horde by aerial bombing. For example, on Saturday 31st October 2015 USAF dropped one bomb. That’s not an aberration, that’s par for the course. They claim to had hit a mortar, and it is not known whether they managed to reduce it, degrade it or only strip paint off it. A person getting his information from Australian Broadcasting Commissariat, watching the same footage of ruined buildings over and over, could think (if the word does not constitute micro-aggression) that there is nothing left to hit.
Of course, occasionally we see the Islamic Horde parading in brand new Toyotas, armed to the teeth, proudly brandishing flags of murder. It is known that the logistic of assembling a convoy represents a problem for trained, disciplined troops, and the Islamic horde, as we are repeatedly assured by the experts, is definitely not that. One would have thought that with so advanced and so expensive military technology it should not be a problem to eliminate or “reduce” such a brazen display. US drones and satellites over the contested areas enjoy mostly clear skies and in any case infra-red allegedly sees through everything anyway.
“Isis reportedly earns up to $50 million (£32.6 million) each month from oil sales, allowing the group to maintain its rule over their self-declared caliphate stretching across large parts of Syria and Iraq. Oil sales are thought to account for the group’s largest financial source, allowing it to rebuild infrastructure and continue funding their fighters and military endeavours, according to the International Business Times.
Isis sells crude oil to smugglers at prices between $10 and $35 per barrel, undercutting the international price of around $50 per barrel. The smugglers then sell the oil to middlemen in Turkey. … Isis is believed to extract around 30,000 barrels a day in Syria and around 10,000 to 20,000 barrels per day in Iraq.”
Somebody calculated it amounts to about 700 tankers a day.
How hard is it to hit a slow moving tanker or a stationary oil well even with an iron bomb, not to mention a million dollars worth smart one? As it is unlikely that that would be beyond USAF’s ability, there must be other reasons.
Some suggest that the Obama trail (allusion to the Ho Chi Min trail) is inviolate because those additional barrels help to keep the price of crude down, thus assisting America’s efforts to reduce its dependence on Arab oil. That, in my opinion, is highly unlikely. Obama would never consciously do anything beneficial to the United States.
Does every bomb require a personal approval by Obama, after a due consultation with all the “stake-holders” ? Environmental concerns? Global warming? Powerty? Misogyny?
I have doubts. It is a joke, obviously, but is it The Joke?