Anybody surprised at the latest news from Iraq? Not the civilian or troop casualties, but the no-bid contracts being handed to oil companies.

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship sum it up in their blog posting, “It was oil, all along.”

How much will the American people, and the church, put up with before we are lulled awake from our comfy, cozy nap to take action? How much will we compromise as Big Oil twists the gas-price thumbscrews, and other corporations follow suit, blaming it on oil prices?

Off-shore drilling? Sure, go ahead!

ANWAR? Have at it!

The environment? Fuggedaboudit. We’ve got Animal Planet and the National Geographic channels on cable, plus air conditioning and no mosquitos.

The lives of young American men and women in uniform? Just another form of cheap labor, I guess. The grunt work for Exxon-Mobil, BP, and others, outsourced to the Armed Forces.

Sorry to sound angry and discouraged. Maybe I shouldn’t have read the Book of Habakkuk this morning.

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