American diplomacy has always been focused, at least in part, on the control of foreign oil resources.
Alan Greenspan, then head of the Federal Reserve who consulted with George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq, stated the case quite clearly:
“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”
And our President-elect has made clear that he intends that military actions in oil-rich regions could well result in American oil companies seizing the resources.
In a 25 October 2015 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, commenting on Bush’s invasion of Iraq, Donald Trump said this:
I was totally against Iraq, but we shouldn’t have left the way we left. And if you remember — and I told you very early on, if we’re going to leave, take the oil, because, right now, you know who has the oil.
And now Trump is putting a man in charge of American diplomacy who is himself all about the oil, Secretary of State-designate and Exxon Mobil Rex Tillerson.
From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite a dining with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and courting former Gen. David Petraeus for the nation’s top diplomatic post, Trump went with Tillerson, who has served as Exxon CEO since 2006 and worked for the oil giant for over four decades.
Tillerson will face confirmation hearings in the Senate.
The CEO, who made $27.3 million in salary last year, has some policy differences with the President-elect.
Tillerson believes in man-made climate change and supports the Paris climate agreement, but Trump has indicated he will pull out of the agreement when he assumes the presidency.
Exxon has been criticized for denying climate change in public while privately preparing its oil infrastructure for rising sea levels during the 1980s and 1990s, although the company called for a carbon tax starting in 2009.
Trump can be congratulated for one thing: Removing the veil of hypocrisy from American imperialism.