• All About Oil: Former US Ambassador to Iraq Now Works for Exxon

    February 11, 2013

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq

    Demonstrating the core values of service and loyalty, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey now works directly for Exxon Mobile. Jeffrey was America’s man in Baghdad, helming the World’s Largest and Most Expensive Embassy there from 2010-2012.

    The problem Jeffrey was most likely hired to resolve is oil, specifically oil in Kurdistan. The Kurds live in the northern chunk of Iraq and have always wanted to be an independent nation, separate from the Sunni and Shia Arabs who fill up the rest of Iraq. The “issue” of Kurdistan is one of the many significant genies the U.S. let out of the bottle with the 2003 invasion of Iraq that was left unresolved.

    The Kurds have oil, which Exxon would like to have. In late 2011 as the U.S. military was sounding the call to retreat, Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company, defied the instructions of the Baghdad government and signed a separate deal with the Iraqi Kurds to search for oil in the northern area of Iraq they control. To make matters worse, three of the areas Exxon signed up to explore are on territory in dispute.

    Now, in 2013, the Iraq central government is in a muscle tussle with Exxon. Exxon faces a dilemma over whether to operate in the south of the country or honor its deals with the autonomous Kurdistan region. Iraqi Prime Minister Malaki and his central government says the oil company can’t have both. Maliki last month made Exxon an offer in a bid to woo back the company, which had seemed intent on pulling out of the $50 billion oilfield in the south under the central government’s jurisdiction. The substance of Maliki’s offer to Exxon is not known, but industry sources describe it as substantial and say it is likely to involve sweet contract terms. The condition is that Exxon quit the northern Kurdish region.

    One in-the-know economist offered this insight into why Kurdish oil is so attractive to Exxon:

    For all its faults, the Baghdad-run awarding of oil contracts is as open and transparent as you can get in this sector. The Kurds on the other hand have a very murky process that allows for immense kickbacks and skimming. U.S. companies prefer working with the Kurds because they simply wave a wand and awards a high-cost contract, while Baghdad nitpicks about every single cost.

    So what’s a multi-national to do? Take the deal for the Shia south fields and abandon the likely richer northern Kurd fields? Why not hire a very recently ex-ambassador to pimp out his contacts with the Malaki government to see if you can score some crude from all sides? After all, since Jeffrey failed to positively affect the oil issue in Iraq as ambassador, what could possibly be wrong with him being hired as a consultant so that he, and Exxon, can profit from it?

    So, to recap:

    — Soldiers who fought in Iraq get killed, PTSD, record-high suicide rates, unemployment.

    — Regular State Department drones who worked in Iraq get nothing special.

    — Whistleblowers and those who pretend to be lose their jobs.

    — Contractors who keep their mouths shut get rewarded with similar well-paid positions in Afghanistan.

    — Ambassadors who stick to the party line get high-paid consulting gigs.

    Jeffrey is pictured above, playing some sort of obscene hand gesture game with the vice president.

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  • Recent Comments

    • pitchfork said...


      My my my, the ole “revolving door” is operating at full capacity. Let’s see…

      From that repugnant AG prosecutor of HSBC, Lanny Breuer, after getting butt reamed by Frontline, resigns in a day, only to cruise WallStreet looking for the highest bidder…to Leon Panetta..to Eric the Schmuck Holder…


      Frankly, these people look like amateurs compared to the past though. From Dynacorp to General Dynamics, to Halburton to ..you name it. Starting with American Fruit Company, if Amerika really knew how the program works…well, they’d still be watching “Father Know’s Best”.

      02/11/13 5:26 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Peter, I’ve been meaning to thank you for your persistence. So..THANK YOU!

      02/11/13 5:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “Jeffrey is pictured above, playing some sort of obscene hand gesture game with the vice president.”

      Reminds me of Brody of “Homeland” signaling his masters. He was close to the Vice-President too.

      02/12/13 10:33 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “So, to recap” add this:

      Anyone who gets in the way – Iraqis and US citizens too – gets dead, according to the Obama decree, Massacre of the Imminence.

      02/12/13 11:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      02/12/13 1:28 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      The only good injun is a dead injun (“Iraqi” sure sounds like a typical North American tribe to extinguish). But the Iraqi braves have turned out to be quite different from Apache braves. Evidently the expression about a good and dead injun was a self reference. If you were a good injun you were no longer a threat to westward ho white settlers At that point you were spiritually dead for renouncing the war against the palefaces by living on a reservation.

      02/12/13 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Hm, about the “obscene hand gesture” – and further re our friend Mr Bauer’s implications that that gesture resembled a “Star of David” (although the Biblical David of did not use that sign, it was invented long after Christianity began):

      Well as much as I DO know that the secular state of “Israel” has appalling influence on today’s American Empire, still I don’t think JJ was making any conscious gesture about Israel. I think the more likely explanation is that that’s what he often does with his hands near his crotch, and it’s also a good metaphor for his relationship to the Empire.

      I don’t like the recently concocted “state of Israel”, however I like Jews, REAL Jews!

      Compare and contrast:

      1. Fake Jew (probably descended – as most American Jews are – from the Turkic tribe of Khazars who converted to Judaism around the 8th century AD): http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/09/16/opinion/Friedman_New/Friedman_New-articleInline.jpg

      2. REAL Jew, daughter of a Syrian Jew, descendant of the true ancient Hebrews! (And close cousin of the Palestinians!) :-): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xweiQukBM_k

      02/12/13 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      PS to my above comment:

      Here are some more Jews. These ones are Yemeni Jews, celebrating a wedding – to which they’ve invited their Muslim friends.

      Notice how, in this video, you can’t tell the Jews from the Arabs – because these Jews ARE Arabs!

      The wedding at Cana (presently in Lebanon!) where Jesus Christ performed his first miracle of turning water into wine (circa 30 AD) would have looked and sounded a lot like this:


      02/12/13 4:58 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      I don’t think many were punished as part of the calvary or the deal makers with forked tongues when America faced the redskin menace. They were all handsomely rewarded just as our corporate scouts/forked tongue diplomats are today. The Kurds may be more savvy than the Arapahoe and that is our current problem. We got lucky in vanquishing this continent’s aboriginals pretty quickly in the long scheme of history. The Israeli fundamentalists have long admired the impressive American accomplishment of getting rid of pesky cultural inferiors.

      02/12/13 9:45 PM | Comment Link

    • ambassador franklin huddle said...


      Does anyone have at hand State’s explanation re the legalities of this post-Ambassadorial employment

      02/13/13 12:32 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      re: post-amb. employment, since this country is run by Oil.inc, it was considered a lateral transfer.

      02/13/13 12:12 PM | Comment Link

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