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July 27, 2004


Attacking Exxon through the anti-corruption acts would be something I'm all for.

As would I and overall Edward a much better post.

Thanks for the kind words Timmy.

I would still argue that Exxon isn't playing this as carefully as world events might demand they do.

One thing I didn't calculate in all this is that the original deal, done in 1995, was well before 9/11 and applying a post-9/11 worldview to their actions then is a bit unfair, but as I noted in the first thread, I'm using this as an example. I'm not picking on Exxon, per se.

I agree a much better post...

But, I mean this in all serious. I see only two paths. Regime change in EG is a goal or ban U.S. businesses from EG.

Getting half way into bed with someone bad has proven to be just as bad as getting into bed with someone bad.

There is no way that the U.S. could come out looking good, we are the world's scapegoat.

Even if the deal was excellent for the EG. As long as we are giving any kind of support to what they might consider a horrible leader we will get blamed.

As long as we are giving any kind of support to what they might consider a horrible leader we will get blamed.

I'm not sure they're wrong to do so either.

I concur. ; -)

Brad Delong has an interesting quote in a similar vein.

"Well, dealing with outsourcing for one thing. It's coming--it's coming over the next generation. And the Democratic Party will have a very hard time figuring out how to deal with it constructively. It's likely to begin thinking that people in India who want jobs processing document-images for U.S. companies are our *enemies*. We can't afford to do that--a world in which Indians and Chinese in fifty years are taught that the U.S. tried to keep them poor will be a very unsafe world. A world in which we try to block expanded world trade will be a world in which we will be much poorer than we need to be. And as long as people see themselves as being pulled into better-paying jobs in other industries (rather than being pushed out of where they want to be by cheap foreign competition), we can make the coming generation's expansion of world trade--the coming generation's "outsourcing" boom--a source of wealth and development. But Democrats will have a hard time doing this.

once again, all subsequent comments on EG show that people here do not understand how life works there. I tried to get this point across in the last petri-dish piece, but it was too old for anyone to go back and notice. It's the last post here:

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