Not that there was ever a plan for the post-war Iraq. That much has been made terribly obvious. But I bet this wasn’t how Cheney, Bush and friends anticipated things would turn out.
Iraq has signed its first major oil deal with a foreign company since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry said Saturday.
It was the first time in more than 35 years that Iraq has allowed foreign oil companies to do business inside its borders.
The contract with the China National Petroleum Corporation could be worth up to $3 billion. It would allow the CNPC to develop an oil field in southern Iraq’s Wasit province for about 20 years, Oil Ministry spokesman Assim Jihad said.
As a coworker of mine recently said. The Beijing Olympics were just as much, or maybe more, about showing the world that China was ready to be equal to, and pass, the United States in influence in the world. Russia also obviously took the opportunity to flex some long resting muscles.
The Age of America is, I think, coming to an end.