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Trump: "Take the Oil" -- Now I am Truly Upset

Until this morning, I was not aware of not-my-president Trump's comments to the CIA on Saturday morning (1/21/17), the day after he was sworn in as U.S. president. In these comments, which are public record, he said offhandedly that "we" -- the United States -- should have "taken the oil" when we left Iraq in 2011. Had we done so, he claims, then ISIS, which took over oil fields in Syria and Iraq, could not fund itself by selling oil.
     Why is Trump not demanding to know who is buying oil from ISIS and putting pressure on those entities to stop? Why does he suggest that stealing Iraq's major natural resource would be in any way possible, desirable, or legitimate?
     Such a thing could never be accomplished without starting another war, for certainly Iraq would not sit idly watching U.S. businesses -- or U.S. government? -- or U.S. military? -- pump oil for free out its oil fields.
      Trump enjoys spouting vague, broad-brush notions that accomplish nothing except to worry everyone around him, because implementing his ideas would cause long-term harm for the United States and for the world. In a word, Trump's ideas are stupid.But somehow enough people decided, not to realistically assess him as a presidential candidate, but to put their faith in him, and now he is president. In the past, he could be dismissed when he espoused concepts that did not fit reality. Now he can do awesome damage unless enough people say, "No."
     Here are some links regarding Trump's take-the-oil remarks.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iraq-leader-not-clear-on-trump-intentions-for-iraqi-oil-reserves/
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/20170127_Worldview__Trump_s_lust_for_Iraq_s_oil_endangers_American_soldiers.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/26/politics/trump-oil-isis-iraq/index.html
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/iraq-on-edge-at-trump-keep-the-oil-talk-862957123806

4 Comments to Trump: "Take the Oil" -- Now I am Truly Upset:

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Addison on Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:41 AM
Trump seems to be quite content to spout off incendiary remarks without first considering the consequences of what he is saying. He has the attitude and disposition of an oligarch and for the moment, the republican party is willing to forgive his unruly behavior. Most senior members of the State department have resigned (most were career officials who had worked for both republican and democratic administrations) and Steve Bannon seems to be directing White House policy. The good news is that congress, in particular the Republican party will go along with his executive orders (most of which have not been legally vetted, cannot be enforced and/or are unconstitutional in whole or in part AND may need the support of congress) and his tweeted proclamations in order to get what they want into law (repeal Obamacare, and put forth their conservative agenda) in the next 200 days. At some point, congress will put the breaks on Trump and hopefully (!?????) Trump will have a cabinet in place which will be able to moderate his narcissistic naive presumptions of what will "Make America Great Again"! There is a great movement world wide towards a more ecological approach to the harnessing and use of energy- and despite Trump's assertion that we will return to coal, and make oil king forever, he simply does not have the power or ultimate authority to throw us back to an earlier and much dirtier industrial age.
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Reine Duell Bethany on Saturday, February 04, 2017 8:13 AM
Hello, Addison! Your comments make a lot of sense. My one worry is that Congress may get into the same sort of group-think that inspired the approval of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. I couldn't believe that crazy idea received Congress's compliance. Still, I think you are right; Trump will overplay his hand and be revealed for what he is.


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