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November 30, 2015

Guess Why The U.S. Is Not (Seriously) Bombing ISIS's Oil Business

The U.S. did not start bombing the Islamic State's oil infrastructure and oil distribution system until the Russian president Putin shamed U.S. President Obama at the G20. Putin showed around satellite pictures of huge oil truck assemblies waiting in the desert to be filled. These were through 13 month of bombing left completely unmolested by U.S. air strikes. The U.S. then bombed a bit and claimed to have destroyed 116 waiting oil trucks while the Russians claimed to have destroyed over 1,000.

So far I have found four reason given to explain why the U.S. did not bomb, and does not seriously bomb,  the oil truck convoys.

Civilian casualties:

The Obama administration has also balked at attacking the Islamic State’s fleet of tanker trucks — its main distribution network — fearing civilian casualties.

Environmental damage:

A former CIA director says concerns about environmental impact have prevented the White House from bombing oil wells that finance the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure,” Michael Morell said Tuesday on PBS’s “Charlie Rose.”

Long-term economic damage to Iraq and Syria

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris this month, the United States has more aggressively targeted the militants’ oil production and smuggling operations, which it had held off from doing for fear of inflicting long-term damage to the Iraqi and Syrian economies.

Regime change in Syria has precedence

Just think of it: IS has killed American nationals and yet the Pentagon has been ordered to handle the IS with kid gloves! President Barack Obama waxes eloquently about his determination to “degrade and destroy” the IS, but the Pentagon is under instructions not to disrupt the IS’ oil trade! This is cold-blooded statecraft. Obama probably knows all about the Turkish elite’s flourishing business, but then, he has uses for Erdogan, too. Simply put, the regime change agenda in Syria got precedence over cutting off the IS’s funding sources.

Three of the above four reasons were given by the Obama administration or its proxies,  one by an astute observer,  Guess which of those reasons is the real one.

Posted by b on November 30, 2015 at 15:14 UTC | Permalink

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CORRECTION

Take a look at Oui@186 link, very illustrative on same subject.

It is Oui@192.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Dec 2 2015 14:56 utc | 201

Lone Wolf @ #199-#201.
Sorry if you thought I was lecturing you. I assure you that that wasn't my intention. But I felt compelled to comment after reading about Yankees bombing a Syrian water-treatment plant, and your (detailed) comment was a perfect, on topic, launching pad.

However, we will have to agree to disagree on "That might be, but I don't think the Russians are doing it with losses in mind."

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 2 2015 16:09 utc | 202

LW@186

You do work hard to be the leading mouth-breather in this pack and you are consistent in your 'analysis' consistently misinformed and consistently proven ignorant.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Dec 2 2015 17:24 utc | 203

55:lysias-There was no real religious element to WW1(Turks?).More like an endless 20 years war.?
Of course, the crusades fit a little also.
And ww1 was highly nationalistic on all sides,unlike todays Western effort for Israeli nationalism.What a hoot!

Posted by: dahoit | Dec 2 2015 18:24 utc | 204

@Hoarsewhisperer@202

Not for a minute it crossed my mind you were lecturing me, my friend. On the contrary, your comments opened a viable interpretation of the Russian move, worthy of debate. I sometimes come across "too heavy" in my comments, and if that made you think I assumed you were lecturing me, I apologize.

We will agree to disagree on your main statement, let's observe how things unfold in Syria in the next three months. Hopefully we will have a chance to check on each other comments. Until then, best regards and see you on the thread.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Dec 2 2015 18:58 utc | 205

@Hoarsewhisperer@202

Not for a minute it crossed my mind you were lecturing me, my friend. On the contrary, your comments opened a viable interpretation of the Russian move, worthy of debate. I sometimes come across "too heavy" in my comments, and if that made you think I assumed you were lecturing me, I apologize.

We will agree to disagree on your main statement, let's observe how things unfold in Syria in the next three months. Hopefully we will have a chance to check on each other comments. Until then, best regards and see you on the thread.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Dec 2 2015 19:06 utc | 206

Lisa @ 191, Your have been misinformed by Oligarch propaganda which wishes you to believe in Peak Oil. If you will go to a reputable site like William Engdahl's Oilgeopolitics you will find many new large finds of as-yet unexploited oil & gas. None are fracking, which is an obscenely destructive process.
Here, I give up; I'll just post a few:

http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/29/putin-s-new-mediterranean-strategy/ Engdahl. Cyprus recently confirmed huge deposits of offshore oil and especially natural gas.

12/13 Syrian government signed a 25-year deal with the Russian SoyuzNefteGaz company to explore for oil in the Middle Eastern country's territorial waters off the Mediterranean coast, southward off Tartus. estimated to be oil and gas reserves comparable to one or more new Saudi Arabia-size regions . SoyuzNefteGaz main shareholder is RCB.

**3/6/12 http://www.voltairenet.org/article173018.html Maps & facts. Engdahl. The discovery in late 2010 of the huge natural gas bonanza off Israel’s Mediterranean shores triggered other neighboring countries to look more closely at their own waters. The results revealed that the entire eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves. Preliminary exploration has confirmed similarly impressive reserves of gas and oil in the waters off Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and potentially, Syria. Greece: Major geological surveys were made. Preliminary estimates now are that total offshore oil in Greek waters exceeds 22 billion barrels in the Ionian Sea off western Greece and some 4 billion barrels in the northern Aegean Sea. [1] Greek analyst, Aristotle Vassilakis, “surveys already done that have measured the amount of natural gas estimate it to reach some nine trillion dollars.”Southern Aegean Sea and Cretan Sea are yet to be explored, so the numbers could be significantly higher. Map of conflicting claims, esp Turkey.

Cyprus: Aegean Sea: December 2011 Noble announced a successful well offshore Cyprus in a field estimated to hold at least 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Cyprus and Israel governments have mutually agreed on delimitation of their respective economic zones, leaving Turkey in the cold.
2/20/12 http://www.voltairenet.org/article172827.html Engdahl. Mediterranean Sea between Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Syria and Lebanon suggest that the region could become literally a “new Persian Gulf”

Israel: Leviathan field 16 trillion cubic feet of gas—making it the world’s biggest deep-water gas find in a decade. Tamar field 8.3 trillion. map.

USGS total Eastern Mediterranian alone 345 trillion cu ft gas & 3.4 B barrels oil.
N. Africa Rub Al Khali Basin 426 trillion cu ft gas

Russia West Siberian Basin alone: 643 tcf of gas
2/3/10 http://www.voltairenet.org/article163808.html Engdahl. Haiti & Cuba. Cuba deepwater:

10/2008 Western oil consortium finds Supergiant 20 B barrels-- the 12th Supergiant field since 1996. One month later Russia signs Cuban agreement to develop it. (So when will regime change occur?)
Colin Campbell, geologist spokesman for peak oil claims there's been no Supergiant since 1976 & all the finds were tiny. he's a fibber.

Haiti: Haiti & Hispaniola sit atop convergence of 3 tectonic plates. A promising location for hydrocarbons being pushed up from below, according to abiotic theory, which is covered here. 1976 explorations showed oil, but the big oil companies succeeded in blocking exploration. US twice deposed Aristide & in ? mapped the whole Carribean for petrochemicals.

Posted by: Penelope | Dec 3 2015 6:37 utc | 207

Psychohistorian @ 189, I wrote you a long answer, but I blew it up
somehow & it vanished. Too tired to do it again. You are projecting.
No evidence or hint that any of the parties want MMT or sovereign money, etc.

Posted by: Penelope | Dec 3 2015 6:54 utc | 208

Syria, and Iran, area getting S-300 sam operated by trained locals. This is over and above the S-400 operated by Russia and the S-300 like naval version Fort on board cruiser Mockva stationed off shore the port of Tarus. This means that all of Syria will be covered by overlapping radar with a capable missile defense shield. With increased patrols by Russian air force Mig 30 that can double as fighters and AWACS able to network with Russian SAM batteries plus Kibhny (spelling?) EWS the Syrian air space is no longer a walk in the park. The anti Assad regime change crowd is seeing the window of opportunity closing really fast. But fools rush in. However, the heads of the snake are the Muslim Brotherhood Masonic lodges and the Saudi clerics and Madrassas. Until the heads of the snakes are cut of from funding they will continue to breed terror.

Posted by: Sun Tzu | Dec 4 2015 11:15 utc | 209

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