China’s deal: What media didn’t say amid questions to Mattis on Iraq oil

Hillary meets Hu Jintao 2011

Then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was front and center to greet China president Hu Jintao in 2011. (Government photo: Pete Souza)

After being asleep at the wheel for eight years, media are suddenly concerned about US interests in Iraq oil. CNN reported:

“Before departing for his first trip to Baghdad as US Defense Secretary, James Mattis told reporters, “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil.”

You could cut the irony with a butter knife. Media have ignored a major beneficiary of Iraq oil—China. And that communist country can thank US Democrats for a sweet deal. 

Someone really should write a book about all the controversies media ignore in order to assist Democrats’ public relations efforts.

Media barely raised a whimper in 2008 when three US senators injected themselves into foreign affairs. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) were up in arms about Western companies doing oil deals with Iraq. The senators were upset despite the fact Iraq preferred to work with those Western companies.

At the time, then-senator Barack Obama was poised to win the presidency because after all, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was the GOP nominee. Republicans were Obama’s best friends in his first election effort.

Who ended up benefiting from Iraq oil, courtesy of Democrats who controlled both houses of Congress?


Naturally CNN didn’t ask Mattis about Democrats’ sweet oil deal to the communist government.

China was a harsh critic of US policy in Iraq

Did any US intel agencies investigate the senators and politicos who gave China that sweet deal?

Did any US Democrats ever have to answer for empowering a communist country’s economy? Yes, those are rhetorical questions.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 20, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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