Jerremy A. New York

Military Troops Fighting For Oil Not Freedom

In this letter, I'm writing about how our military troops are fighting for oil not our freedom.

 Dear future president,

Let me start off by saying congratulations on being elected. But, the US is facing many problems that need fixing. One problem is how our military is not fighting for our freedom, but for oil. Did you know that our soldiers are dying for oil overseas? Well, i know life is not fair, but, this is just plain out wrong. How do you live with people that believe that they are fighting and risking our lives for our freedom but all it is for is for oil? “Yeah! Wake up America! Your sons and daughters are dying for nothing! This war is not about freedom or stopping terrorism. Bring us home now! We are dying for oil and corporate greed!” That is a quote from an interview with a soldier that was in the military for 20 years. This can be found at He was a high up rank, and he saw things that most of us have never seen and probably will never see.

“Yes, the Iraq War was a war for oil, and it was a war with winners: Big Oil. It has been 10 years since Operation Iraqi Freedom's bombs first landed in Baghdad. And while most of the U.S.-led coalition forces have long since gone, Western oil companies are only getting started.Before the 2003 invasion, Iraq's domestic oil industry was fully nationalized and closed to Western oil companies. A decade of war later, it is largely privatized and utterly dominated by foreign firms. From ExxonMobil and Chevron to BP and Shell, the West's largest oil companies have set up shop in Iraq. So have a slew of American oil service companies, including Halliburton, the Texas-based firm Dick Cheney ran before becoming George W. Bush's running mate in 2000.The war is the one and only reason for this long sought and newly acquired access.Oil was not the only goal of the Iraq War, but it was certainly the central one.” This is part of an article from which can be found from the first paragraph down to the sixth. If our troops are over in foreign countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan and are dying for mostly oil and not our freedom, then they should be sent home to their families so that they can see each other. If you take that away from them, then you should have better healthcare and benefits. “Oh, I almost forgot Afghanistan. No, al-Qaeda was never going to invade and occupy the United States and take away our freedom. Neither was the Taliban. The 9/11 attacks were retaliation for actions taken by the U.S. government in the Middle East prior to 9/11. The Taliban government never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so.” This can be found at in the 2nd to last paragraph. Because of what happened with us trying to get the oil from the Middle East, terrorist attacks took place on US soil. .I have had family in the military. My aunt and uncle were in the navy and my cousin was in the marines. They have had seen some pretty bad things that happened when they were deployed. They have had nightmares because of what they have seen. They are trying to forget what they have seen and only remember the good things that happened. This is not only because they were in some sort of conflict with the so called “enemies” but the reason why they were in that conflict. I have friend that have been in the military for a couple of years. They have been sent letters to resign because of what is going on overseas. That is not fair how people want to protect and defend our country for what it is and not for oil. People are dying overseas for oil. I know that the US doesn’t want to have any more blood on our home soil because of the war for oil.


A concerned citizen of the United States

Jerremy Aguilar