The spoils of war

Tripoli Rebel

Tripoli Rebel by ssoosay, on Flickr

As rebels celebrate in Green Square in Tripoli, fighting continues elsewhere in Libya.

The influence machine in Washington, DC is changing gears.

After years spent working under the radar, public-affairs firm Brown Lloyd James and the consultancy Monitor Group this summer disclosed millions of dollars earned working on behalf of Qaddafi’s government, according to disclosures filed retroactively with the Justice Department.

On the other side of the fight, Patton Boggs and the Harbour Group have signed on with the Libyan Transitional National Council, which the United States, Canada, Britain, Spain, and Germany now recognize as the country’s legitimate government. Both firms worked to help the council gain that recognition after being retained this spring. (National Journal)

Foreign corporations are maneuvering to get access to Libya’s rich oil fields.

Oil analysts said it was likely that oil companies, particularly Total and Eni, would compete fiercely for contracts on the best oil properties, with their respective governments lobbying on their behalf. But first the rebels will have to consolidate control over the country. …

Oil analysts say that most reports from the oil service companies, which continued to pay their Libyan crews through the war, indicate that there has been relatively little damage to most oil facilities. That suggests that production could begin to increase in a matter of weeks. (New York Times)

  • matt

    But Qaddafi is gone – that is what is important right? I mean what are the chances that 5 years removed from the Arab spring we will just have changed the bodies inside the dictator appropriate costumes as the powerful suck the wealth from the economy? They can hold on to principles and not give in to special interests right?

    Why can’t they just be like us in the US – I mean look at what happened when we toppled Bush and installed Obama? No more endless wars, cow-towing to banks, tax breaks for the rich and finally some help for the poor right? right?

    Criss Angel ain’t got nothing on the real masters of illusion.

  • Jim Shapiro

    matt- Obama is weak and identity confused. Hard to have integrity when you don’t know who you are.

    Vote Ron Paul.