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June 06, 2008

Acts Of War

What leverage does the Bush administration have to force the Iraqi government to sign a long-term basin g agreement with us? Patrick Cockburn reports:

The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq's money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely, according to information leaked to The Independent...

Given intense American pressure on a weak Iraqi government very dependent on US support, it is still probable that the agreement will go through with only cosmetic changes.

How should this kind of international hardball be characterized? According to a recent report by five NATO generals, it is an "act of war":

In addition to the ongoing threats posed by international terrorism by non-state or proxy-state actors, acts of war can be committed by individual nation states or allied states by abusing the leverage that other resources bring. China and Russia today are economic powers that might be tempted to deter other nations with the weapons of finance and energy resources.

However, there is one thing that makes it completely different when we do it: that we are doing it. So, never mind.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at June 6, 2008 12:17 AM

ok, so if China or Russia do it it's an act of war.

if the US does it it's just another leading indicator of our inherent goodness, fairness, balance and selfless Christian goodness.

heres some bread, and over there a circus. piss off.

Posted by: ran at June 6, 2008 01:36 AM

We ARE an exceptional nation, aren't we? ;)

Posted by: stupidbaby at June 6, 2008 10:49 AM

Of all the basins, Basin G has to be my favorite!

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at June 6, 2008 11:09 AM

STILL will have to kill every last one to get the oil.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 6, 2008 11:41 AM

I guess that's why they keep repeating that 911 changed everything.

Posted by: namvetted at June 6, 2008 04:39 PM

The threat that we will invade again to take over their oil fields. But we don't need oil.
Hydrogen as a fuel is being dumped on by disinformation agents of the oil industry and untruths are spread about its expense. Here are some of my thoughts written to other people concerning water as a fuel. Americans, as well as the rest of the world, have to stand up to the profiteering elite of the world using oil to rape our economies and the environment. The Germans, in WWII, used Hydrogen, derived from water, to fuel the V-2 Rocket and their Rocket Propelled Fighter. Both of these weapons used H2O2 and Alcohol as fuel. The U S Air force has used water, as a supplemental fuel in B52 Bombers, C141 Cargo and KC 135 Tankers for over 30 years. The water is injected after the jet fuel combusts and the water is converted to hydrogen and oxygen to boost takeoff thrust. Cheap energy is a fact and water is the fuel. The Scramjet technology uses water vapor as fuel. The atmosphere is compressed and heated until the water vapor becomes hydrogen and oxygen and combusts when the temperature is above the flashpoint of hydrogen providing thrust. An endless energy supply. Zero Point Energy Generators also perform the same process at ground level. I have created inventions that use these principles. My web site is

Posted by: Mark Cleveland at June 8, 2008 04:35 PM