Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well, let's hope they stay tolerable

We went into Libya - and we did go there, even if there weren't troops on the ground; that's not the only way to define a war. Bodies of the other side killed by our weapons are another pretty good one - to get rid of the evil Gaddafi that we were, not so very long ago, calling a close personal friend... But our ambassador in Libya isn't talking about that now. No, he's talking about oil and jobs for American contractors and businessmen... (my emphasis):
Speaking to reporters after the ceremonial flag-raising over a makeshift post that was once his residence, Ambassador Gene A. Cretz said that about two weeks ago — roughly a week after forces loyal to the deposed Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, were driven out of Tripoli — he participated in a State Department conference call with about 150 American companies hoping to do business with Libya.

“We know that oil is the jewel in the crown of Libyan natural resources, but even in Qaddafi’s time they were starting from A to Z in terms of building infrastructure and other things” after the country had begun opening up to the West six years ago, he said. “If we can get American companies here on a fairly big scale, which we will try to do everything we can to do that, then this will redound to improve the situation in the United States with respect to our own jobs.”

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