Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Their mouths say 'no war' but the Gulf States' actions say something different entirely. All of the Gulf States have committed troops to defend Kuwait and now they have pledged oil to Jordan to replace the free flowing oil from Iraq.

Encouraged by the Bush administration, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will provide Jordan with 120,000 barrels of oil a day indefinitely, an Arab official said Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Saudis would provide 50,000 barrels daily, Kuwait 50,000 and the United Arab Emirates 20,000 barrels. He placed the net value at $1.3 billion.

In an effort to cushion the war's impact, Saudi Arabia has stored about 15 million barrels of oil and has pledged to increase production by 1.5 million barrels daily if Iraq's production is halted, the official said.

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