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USA fracking off out of the Middle East

Balatarin

 

If you are somewhat confused by a seemingly sudden shift in USA’s foreign policy objectives in the Middle East region, then you might find some answers in “Hydraulic Fracturing”, also known as ‘fracking’. This is enabling USA to wean itself off its addiction to foreign oil. USA is now – at long last – becoming more competent at producing its own energy rather than terrorizing other nations for it.

 

This is obviously good news for all those people who have been suffering from USA’s brutality in the Middle East region. USA will not anymore feel the urge to invade, interfere with and cause mass murder in the region. It will instead turn in on itself and devour the American environment, probably because of soaring costs of foreign plunder and loot.

 

Being the most highly indebted nation on earth in absolute terms, the country can certainly do with additional income from a natural – albeit unsustainable – source. It can also save tremendous amounts of money by reducing its military costs in the Middle East too.

 

USA’s terrifying weapons of mass destruction and its highly trained and ruthless military personnel (including mercenaries, private contractors and all branches of the military) in the Persian Gulf region and South Asia cost a lot of money.

 

Saudi and other Persian Gulf vassal states of the US can only pay so much, and only for so long. Most of them can’t afford to maintain themselves.

 

Then there is that endless black hole of violence, Apartheid and racism occupying Palestine (the ‘State’ of Israel) that is very hard to quantify in terms of its financial burden on the corporate fascist regime in USA. It is not just 3 or 4 billion dollars of military aid every year (and constantly so since the 1970s at least) that goes to the world’s largest begging bowl of a ‘state’ that is Israel. On top of that, many American corporations and financial institutions also prop up Israel, probably on a far larger scale than the official aid from the American government.

 

Then there is that Egyptian military that appears to live off uncle sam too, at a cost of around $1 billion or so a year. And that is military aid alone. How much more does Egypt cost the US taxpayer?

 

Then there is the Palestinian ‘Authority’ (were they being ironic when they named it that?). Here too it is likely that close to a billion a year is being spent.

 

Then there is Jordan. More like $1.5 billion a year.

 

Of course we have not talked about the trillion or so lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. And few of us would have a clue about what the US costs of terror and domination are in Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya etc.

 

And true to form and beautifully predictable, the ‘reason’ for this shift in the Middle East is given by US officials as a ‘need’ to pivot to Asia. This can only really mean that the US has less reason for interfering in the Middle East, and would instead like to mess more with China, as the country is becoming rather powerful.

 

This is bad news for the world’s most populous region. Really bad.

 

But as far as Middle Easterners are concerned, USA cannot frack off out of our region fast enough.

 

May be now we will have a greater chance to see indigenous movements and greater participation with less foreign-instigated violence in the countries of the region. It could be a period of awakening.

 

Iran will have a very important role to play in the region over the coming period, as the current geopolitical environment is heavily in favour of the country:

 

-          USA is in deep trouble and cannot get out of the region fast enough for its own sake. Only if the Israeli regime would wipe itself off the pages of time sooner than later…

 

-          A resurgent Russia is preoccupied with several other challenges and can do with Iran’s help.

 

-          China will be facing a formidable challenge from the US over the coming period as it ‘pivots’ that way, and could certainly do with an ally in the shape of Iran with the potential to increase its oil and gas exports significantly above current levels.

 

-          Ukraine has shown Europe (as if Georgia hadn’t already) that it needs to get alternative sources of natural gas or else it will remain helpless against Russia, as it is now today, despite all the false posturing. And one of the best alternative options for Europe is Iranian gas.

 

-          Turkey is in internal turmoil and will need some time before it can worry about countering Iran.

 

-          Pakistan and Afghanistan will unfortunately remain unstable for some time to come yet, and Iran will therefore be the main corridor for the transit of goods from the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf to Central Asia. (As an aside: This has been the main driver of war in Afghanistan since the defeat of the Soviets there, and Iran has emerged as a winner of this war in this sense.) This will drive India toward Iran over the period.

 

-          Iraq will remain a close ally of Iran’s for the foreseeable future with large investment and trade contracts being signed on a regular basis.

 

-          Qatar has broken ranks with the Saudis, and the GCC is likely to be gridlocked for some time, and may even fall apart.

 

-          Oman is strengthening its relations with Iran, while Kuwait and even the UAE are uneasy about Saudi moves of late.

 

2014 is indeed Iran’s year!

 

Frack away, USA.

 

Balatarin

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jgarbuz

jgarbuz

First of all, the USA is not in "deep trouble." It is merely self-induced defeatism and PTSD due to left wingers exaggerating US losses in the wars. The truth is, that the discovery of oil in Persia and the Middle East at the turn of the 20th century lifted the region out of abject poverty and fueled its rapid population growth. For example, the number of Arabs in the Middle East after WWI according to British census and estimates was roughly 22 million. The number of Arabs today, a century later, is well over 350 million. A more than fifteen-fold increase made possible only by the discovery and development of the oil resources which the West addicted itself to.
By contrast, the population of the US, despite large waves of immigration, grew only about four-fold in the same period of time, from about 75 million to over 300 million today.

Clearly the Middle East is more dependent on selling their oil than the West is in buying it. The Far East is obviously more dependent as it continues to grow rapidly, albeit their birthrates are declining. The Western Hemisphere and Africa will be able to supply the US and Western Europe's energy needs. China, Japan, India and Korea will make up the difference for a few more decades.

And while Iran's technological and scientific prowess is increasing greatly, it's nuclear policy may cut if off from the US and the West which will limit just how cutting edge it can be. I don't underestimate Iran's indigenous capabilities for an instant, but if the sanctions remain in place due to Iranian intransigence regarding its nuclear and anti-western and anti-Israel policies, I believe it's economic potential will remain rather limited as well.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

you miss the point: oil wealth has always been welcome, especially by the parasitic west. it's always been about who has control over the resources. US, French and British atrocities committed with clear barbarism are the subject matter here. Do you object to such a discussion? If not, then what is the point of your first paragraph?

Regarding middle east 'dependence' on selling oil to the west, and in case you missed it: you irritatingly noisy westerners are a mere 25% of the world's population, if that. I won't spell it out for you, if that's OK.

As for the sanctions, they are being removed because the west needs Iran. The West is too savage to act in any other manner.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

First of all, the autocratic rulers of the Middle East were more than happy to receive western investments and the revenues that flowed into their coffers to develop the oil under their feet. However, as western money, technology and medicine came in, the indigenous populations began to explode in numbers, and in a few decades, the growing masses demanded that their rulers extract more from the investors. Britain refused to give in. It refused to renegotiate the agreements that it made earlier in the century. And the Cold War with the growing power of the Communists and socialists, it was possible for the Brits to convince Eisenhower that the Communists were really behind Mossadegh's demands. And in those days, it was a zero sum game: the Russians trying to deny oil to the West, and the Americans suspecting anyone not behind them as being a stooge for Moscow.

Now, regarding that the West is a mere 25% of the world's population, that may be true, but the US and Western Europe still account for 50% of the world's economic output and latest technology and science. Does the West need Iran? Well, a country of 80 million people cannot be ignored, but I remember growing up in the US during the '50s and '60s when th3e US had NO trade with Russia, China, eastern Europe, and little with India as well. And we in the US were doing okay. Sure there are many who would like to sell to Iran and do business with it, but not if it means losing business with the US, much of Europe and Israel. If the choice is between business with IRan and losing business with the US, much of Europe and ISrael, I think they will choose to let Iran slip from their menu.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

I've already dismissed your first argument, but you simply repeat the same mistake. It's about who controls Iran's resources: a foreign savage or Iranians?

Secondly para is even easier: what matters is the trend in consumption. The west's share is in steady decline while the rest of the world keeps demanding more. You are Nothing more that a mere 20% of world's population with a declining share of demand. So you do not matter.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

I'm old enough to remember Khruschev telling us Americans that he would bury us. I also remember when Khruschev threatened to bring rockets down on Israel. I think it is you and those who share your ideas who need to brush up on history.

As for "controlling resources," the simple fact is that all the resources in the world mean little if you don't have the most modern technologies, adequate capital investments, and the like. As we have seen in recent years, thanks to most recent technologies, abandoned oil and gas fields are now producing again, and more so than ever. In addition, alternative and renewable energy sources are rapidly coming online. My suggestion is that Iran abandon its reactionary policies and rejoin the modern world.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

OK so now you are showing your supremacist undertones much more clearly.

Who the heck was talking about burying you? We just want you savage leeches to get fracking out of our region. Enough of your savagery and warmongering.

Freedom

Mihaita For a dictatorship free planet, free press, free speech and no censorship, Liberal Democracy only!

This is certainly one way of making the anti-American folks more civil, and of course the usual 'historical myths' on American foreign policy. We all know about the longest myth namely about America's hunger ' for foreign' oil and of course our capitalist system that is so much a thorn in the eyes of all those pro-soviet and post soviet 'lovers' and of course about Americas huge debt, we saw even prediction how America crumbles, well to those who believed that. Well dream on, isn't happening, America's recovery is amazing since the famous ' crash' in 2008 this aspect was always been exploited by the enemies of freedom and pro- soviet anti American propagandist so to divest away from the true century old soviet or post soviet brutality and aggression in the middle east and the rest of the world. All these years it was always soviet or post soviet Russian imperialism that tried to get its hands on any natural resources it could get. It always was so hungry and famished and still for these natural resources. Their invasions are so numerous that one lost count just in the last 100 years. Their latest victims, Crimea is late proof of the Russian brutality and their thirst for conquest, a so-called referendum under Russian tanks and guns, nice try Mr. Putin, the world woke up and refuses to accept your lies.

MRX2412

MRX2412

Well Mihalita here is how it works among these folks and their groupies: If U.S or Israeli solider shoots someone it's a murder and crimes against humanity , if Muslims kill other Muslims by thousands ah it's nothing to see folks just move on! Notice how many Iranians have been killed by the islamo fascist regime since 1979 and notice complete silence by these folks.

If U.S bombs or invades naturally it's crime against humanity, if Russia and or China does the same thing, nothing to see folks just move on! Notice a complete silence from the usual crowd on Chechnya where Russian forces massacred the hell out of the local population.

If U.S companies go after an oil or any business they are looters and evil capitalists. If china goes after the same thing it’s a legitimate business and good capitalism! Once again Nothing to see folks just move on.

The examples are way too many to mention here but you get the picture. Hypocrisy of these folks it’s overwhelming but I say keep it coming it’s just entertaining and it makes for a good laugh!

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

i thought you would know

Freedom

Mihaita For a dictatorship free planet, free press, free speech and no censorship, Liberal Democracy only!

Thanks for putting all in perspective, couldn't said it myself better. :)))

MichelleEvans

michelle evans

Thank you for putting a little reality into this article with your accurate information instead of fantasy !

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

Please do enlighten us with your accurate fantasies.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

When a US president & a Secretary of State apologize to Iranians for the 1953 coup, what does that tell us about US foreign policy?
What's wrong with cutting the military budget & more domestic investments & spending?

ShahpurShamshiri

Shahpur Shamshiri Born in Shemiran in 1953. I enjoy questioning myself whenever possible how to better serve my homeland.

Mihaita, can you explain to us how ''US foreign policy is a ''historical myth''?
So according to you,
1. The invasion of Vietnam was a myth? the millions killed where made up?
The mustard gas and napalm dropped on civilians in Vietnam and Cambodia was a myth?
2. The U.S. supported coup that put Pinochet in power and the thousands of people he executed with US support was a myth?
3. The invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq was justified,by you, I guess. ''to get those darn terrorists and spread democracy?
4. The CIA directed coup in Iran, 1953, was a myth? Then twenty five years later causing a devastating revolution was probably all done by khomeini himself. He must have been a well connected man and very wealthy! He was spending millions promoting himself while the BBC just ''happened'' to following him everywhere like a puppy?
There are dozens of more ''myths'' about US aggregation, supporting the Nicaraguan contras, helping Israel oppress it's arab population, veto-ing every condemnation by the UN against Israel's crimes against humanity.
We could name theses ''myths'' of yours all day! lol

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Could you define please in layman's language what is in your eyes propaganda and what is not propaganda! Thank you

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Could we also interpret that as a moment of self reflection?
Eid shoma mobarak?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

I tried, but still smells like pure propaganda.

Freedom

Mihaita For a dictatorship free planet, free press, free speech and no censorship, Liberal Democracy only!

Eid shoma mobarak? But try to be objective just a little! LOL

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

نوروز همگی مبارک باد :)

MichelleEvans

michelle evans

So explain exactly what middle eastern country the US invaded because they were buying or stealing oil from them and when? Because since the 1970's and the oil embargo the US has moved off of middle eastern oil and started buying from latin america and canada more. The only Middle Eastern country we buy from is Saudi Arabia....so your slanted story is filled will opinion and not fact. I agree with some things you say and YES the US has done many things for many wrong reasons but this overly used argument that the US does everything for oil is a sad excuse instead of getting into the deeper more complex reasons for US actions.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

Everything the US has done in the Middle East for decades has been about its oil addiction and its hegemonic desires. Parasitic nation.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

No it has been about money and draining it and what creates it out of the region using wars, extremism/backward IRI types and causing a brain drain and total capital flight.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

so it's all about theft

maziar58

maziar 58 Maziar

Just picture this
Iran will be accepted as regional power
And dictate the world orders
And khamenei and his circle……
And it ain't April yet.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

But before that, they're also going to give the chairmanship for world management to Ahmaghi'nejad & Mashaie!

farhangpooya

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farhangpooya

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farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

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NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

try learning to do something useful

farhangpooya

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Mustosheer

Mustosheer

We are entering into 3-dimentional world which Iran will be one its dimension mainly in Middle -East. Before we only could assume 2-Dimentional world, USA and Soviet Union. Now players have adjusted themselves to a point that the existence on one-Dimensional world is impossible. United States of America should immediately go back to its old drawing plans by revisiting the plans that put them in this horrible situation internally and internationally. I really mean it. Russia, with its vast oil and gas reserve, and China, with its humongous financial stabilities, are moving fast towards West. They mean business and unlike West they are very determine on their path toward total control of the lost world that they both had under their controls for many years along Persians.

It may sound laughable and unrealistic. Just today it was announced that Crimea decided to go Russians. United States of America decided to call it unacceptable. Well, when USA decided to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, calling Iran a menace to the world peace, what happened to the international community? The international community had to go the boss way and oblige the ruler. Now there ruler is not the ruler anymore. We have many rulers like the era of good glorious Persia, Chinese in the East, Persians in the center, and Romans on the West. Who will be the ultimate winner? The answer: wait and see. I hope one of the answer is "not" war.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

It would be nice if Islamic Republic could actually get paid in cash for its exports, before coming a world power.
That would mean reinstatement in SWIFT, but there's zero movement in that front.
All these chatters & illusions of a "world power, are remnants of Ahmadinejad- Mashaie gang.
Lest we forget, they (AN, Mashaie) blabbered almost non stop about "global management" while miserably failing locally.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

You are clutching at swift straws.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

SWIFT is the international financial organization that Ahmaghi'nejad got Iran successfully kick out of.
As a result even some bloggers have had difficulties getting paid from back home.
It's a known fact that even the diplomatic corp cannot get paid through banks in their host countries, so they receive the monies in Samsonite suitcases.
Even the infamously dysfunctional Ghajars were more capable than this.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

Swift is nothing but a tool that will be overcome sooner than you think. You are clutching at straws.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

SWIFT is one amongst an array of international institutions that mullahs been kicked out of, solely due to their own stupidity.
Talking about sheer stupidity, why would anyone in their right mind be expelled from SWIFT (Islamic Republic of Hell is the first & last one) ?
Ahmaghi'nejad who is avoiding even showing up at his court sessions is the one clutching.
Mashaie on the other hand had a mild hear attack, a major heart surgery, & no one even mentioned it! And that's your "man of spring" clutching for his life.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

In retrospect it's a bit difficult to decide which one of these clowns is the real poor thing:

Is the poor thing Ahmaghinejad himself; trying to avoid those courts and subpoenas in Tehran like a whole in the head,

Or is it Mashaie, "the man of Spring," enjoying his Spring with constant attacks from certain quarters, recovering from heart attack, and surgery, faraway from power, deep in infamy.

Perhaps it is the pathetic fools busy supporting them 24/7 in the past eight years, and just finding out because of expulsion from SWIFT (thanks to AN) they can't even get their payments on time. But still jumping at any chance to promote their "man of Spring" and mention how he uttered a couple of positive words on Israel.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Clowns in power, playing with peoples lives & destinies.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Even during the height of Cold War there were all the non-aligned countries, very much active & alive.
The world has always been multipolar, sometimes more than others.
What makes Islamic Republic of Hell uniquely disqualify & unacceptable for any meaningful position in international relations are (its actually such a long list, only the top two in here):
- It's permanent Death Culture.
- It's corrupt monopolization by Sepah & mullahs.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

You are clearly struggling with your ideological chains in this case. You can't bring yourself to appreciate the role of Iran in a changing economic and therefore political order. Why strangle your own freedom of thought like that?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Iran could do an even better role if it could get paid in cash for what it exports. After all getting paid back for what you sell is a minute detail on the way to becoming "Hegemonic."
It's "refreshing" to be on lectured on freedom by an IR enthusiast! Any other advice?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

I don't think you understand what freedom means really.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Would a "real" understanding of freedom lead to being enthused about mullahs?
How much of a real understanding of oppression & injustice one needs to oppose mullahs & support Iranian people?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

why not be enthused by Iran's improving status?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Who says I'm not enthused? I'm very enthused about prospect for an overthrowing of Islamic Republic of Hell.
After 35 years mullahs have arrived at that juncture of paralysis in their itinerary, cannot move back, can't move forward either.
Can't kill the Green leaders, can't keep them alive either.
A general condition of increase in liabilities & a diminution of assets, resource & room to maneuver.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

seriously Z, you have no respect or time for reality.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Reality is what's bringing mullahs rule in Iran to an end, the reality of early 21st century. We could all agree that an insecure theocratic fascism is sorely out if place in our times.

KarlSchreiber

Karl Schreiber writer, author, free thinker, against dictatorship and censorship

Today's world is very much threatening by Russians governments hegemonic design to control the world, the free world must stand up and fight any type of dictatorships. The whole middle east can be only free if Russian influence is defeated, so that regional development and progress becomes a viable alternative and all middle eastern nations become free and democratic and respect human rights.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

so when are you going to join the free world?

freeiran1

freeiran1

Yes, the US has committed a lot of crimes against other countries especially in Middle East due to its oil interests and Israel. However, the alternatives are much worse. Russians and Chinese are extremly brutal and practice naked oppressions, invasions, and plunder. The US is realigning its foreign policy due to many reasons and I believe it wants better relations with Iran because of her importance in a volatile and important hub of energy and trade. To take advantage of the situation Iranian people must get rid of the despotic, parasitic, and backward IRI first and create a secular democratic nation (yes, Iran is ready for it after experiencing Mullahs). They should have a relatively non-aligned foreign policy with tilt towards the west especially EU. Then Iranians will come out a clear winner, progress rapidly, and make up for all the lost decades in her recent history. It is possible but can Iranians do it in the next decade or so to take advantage of this tectonic shift in world realignment?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

Seriously, how does Chinese and Russian warmongering compare with that of the US? So why do you insist that they are 'much worse'? Based on what evidence?

I don't agree that the IRI is "despotic, parasitic, and backward". It is a mixed form of representative democracy based on Islam. This is not despotic. It is also one of the most independent regimes in the world, as its survival against all odds has shown. So it is not parasitic. And it is the first experiment in history in marrying the concepts of republicanism and Islamic rule. So it is not backward either.

I do agree that Iran and Iranians should take full advantage of the situation and to be more evenhanded with east and west (as soon as Iran feels secure enough with trusting the west). I also hope they choose a more secular path. But I'm not holding my breath yet. Iranians are quite religious, so their first priority is not secularism.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

IR as representative democracy based on Islam, remains a contradiction in terms.
Political power in Islamic Republic of Hell rests on the Shia religious caste and its allies (bazaar& sepah) and its monopolization of the political power and process.
In a typical representative democracy, there's no monopolization of political process and all cultures compete freely, under more or less equal circumstances.
Jonathan Swift* was a pioneers of the Grotesque, if he were alive today he would have seen a fully developed living form of the grotesque in "the Republic" that never was.

* Not to be confused with SWIFT, the international financial transactions network, which mullahs successfully kicked themselves out of it. As previously observed even the worst of Ghajars were more capable and less dysfunctional than these mullah clowns.