So, Donald Trump has officially announced through his official White House communication channel (Twitter) that he is nominating Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, for Secretary of State.
I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
For most of us the announcement makes us wince a little bit. Okay, it makes us want to drive our cars off freaking bridges, if we’re being honest. One doesn’t have to look very hard to figure out exactly why this selection should be considered the largest clusterfuck in modern history.
See, Trump has been having a Trumpertantrum on Twitter about oil for years. The oil in Iraq has been stuck in his craw since we invaded (likely before, if we knew even half of it) and it has only escalated throughout the years.
First, Trump said we should be receiving payment for our military efforts in oil. You know, we come to your country and bomb the shit out of you (anyone remember Shock and Awe?), and you show us your sincere gratitude by giving us ohhhh, let’s say, 50 percent of your oil.
Iraq’s government is treating us like fools. We should demand their oil.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2011
We are leaving Iraq after expending a tremendous amount of blood and treasure. We should be reimbursed with oil! — Don’t give it to Iran.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2011
When will our nation’s sacrifices be respectfully appreciated? Iraq and Libya should reimburse us in oil.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2011
Who handed Iraq over to Iran yesterday? @BarackObama. We have gotten nothing from the Iraqis– we should have them pay us back with oil.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2011
Dummies left Iraq without the oil–not believable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2011
Then, the Trumpertantrum escalated to we should have just stolen the oil.
I still can’t believe we didn’t t take the oil from Iraq.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2011
We should have gotten more of the oil in Syria, and we should have gotten more of the oil in Iraq. Dumb leaders.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2012
The dummies left Iraq (and Libya) without the oil!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2012
I still can’t believe we left Iraq without the oil.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013
His turmoil about who would get Iraq’s oil continued. . .
WHO IS GOING TO GET IRAQ’S OIL???????
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2013
Then, like he was living a nightmare, he had to tweet about China buying oil from Iraq (likely fueling his sweatshop factories, which he fails to mention).
Sacrificing our nation’s bravest for ungrateful Iraqis = great for China. China is taking majority of the oil http://t.co/U94jvw9pGT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2013
For years he has stewed about the oil and he went from wanting some of the oil to all of the oil.
Iraq told us to get out, Iraq is now falling, and Iraq now wants us to come back! Don’t do it unless we get the OIL, and I mean ALL OF IT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2014
And then, like a stalker boyfriend who says, “If I can’t have her, no one can,” he started into destructo-mode.
They laughed at me when I said to bomb the ISIS controlled oil fields. Now they are not laughing and doing what I said. #Trump2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2015
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2015
“@thewatcher23579: One of Paris terrorist came as Syrian refugee. Donald Trump is right again. BOMB THEIR OIL – TAKE AWAY THEIR FUNDING”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2015
Remember, I was the one who said attack the oil (ISIS source of wealth) a long time ago. Everyone scoffed, now they’re attacking the oil.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015
Should have gone after the oil years ago (like I have been saying).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2015
While ISIS did have oil fields in Iraq (and Syria) and sold their oil on a black market for lower prices than the oil that actually went through the refineries, all of which are government-owned in Iraq – they have since lost control of any oil wells in Iraq. That loss was due to the United States and coalition forces strategically BOMBING oil facilities which were ISIS controlled.
So actually, under President Obama’s Administration, what Trump was advocating for was already being done.
But, let’s not be quick to excuse Trump’s tantrums, here. Trump may have been echoing the actions already taking place, but it’s clear he didn’t realize it was happening. It’s also clear, when examining his escalating tantrum, that his reasoning for calling for the destruction of the oil wasn’t to combat anything on a global scale, but as a vindictive act of possessiveness and possibly his own greed.
He seems to think the United States has every right to just steal resources held in another country and he has been pissed as hell that other criminals pillaged first.
You know what would really kick the oil peddlers in the ass? Funding renewable energy resources and freeing ourselves from our oil dependency. But, that’s not Trump’s endgame.
Lord Cheeto wants U.S. ownership of the oil in the middle east and if we can’t have it, well then it should be destroyed.
He has appointed an oil man to get the job done. An oil man who received the “Order of Friendship” from Putin in 2013 – one of the Russia’s highest honors.
This is what Trump has fantasized about for years and now, as President of the United States, he will get to live out some of his most lustful dreams about all that oil.