Calling Captain Renault

I'm shocked, shocked! to learn that 4 major oil companies have gotten no-bid service contracts from the Iraqi Oil Ministry. Maybe it's a sign of just how bad the situation has gotten that Total and BP are in on this deal instead of being frozen out by the Bush administration like at the beginning of the war.

There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract. The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to combat terrorism. It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.
Side question: from a purely rhetorical standpoint, is there any reason for that bolded sentence to be in there? I didn't think so either.

Anyway, if there really are people left who are shocked by any of this, I'm assuming they have some sort of amnesia, or that they watch Fox News.

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