2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D. The subject of Kerry’s uncharacteristically Churchillian remarks, delivered in the Treaty Room at the State Department, was the gassing of civilians by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.
Obama, in whose Cabinet Kerry serves faithfully, but with some exasperation, is himself given to vaulting oratory, but not usually of the martial sort associated with Churchill.
In early February Libya mysteriouslycutback oil production by 10 percent citing technical problems in oil fields,and it is widely suspected that it is holding back oil in anticipatio n of future price hikes which might be precipitated by Iran's current difficulties .2 The Kuwaiti Oil Minister Sheik Ali Khalifa-al-Sabah has publicly ad vised other OPEC states not to raise production levels further until consuming nations have depleted t heir crude oil stockpiles, presum ably because by then OPEC's scheduled price increases will have taken effect and producers will realize greater returns for iden tical quantities of petroleum. Aramco boosted production to unprecedented levels (up to 12.85 MBD during one day in December before having the 8.5 MBD ceiling reimposed in late January w i th output regulation administered on a monthly rather than an annual basis.3 A "special dispensation" allowed Aramco to produce 1 MBD more than the production ceiling in the first quarter of 1979 as long as the additional oil produced in excess of 8.5 MBD was sold at fourth quarter prices.
However, the most unsettling development to date has been the recent Saudi decision to scale down production in the first quarter to an average rate of 9.5 MBD, a loss of .7 to 1.0'MBD relative to 2. This 10 percent premium was justified in Saudi eyes because the incremental production was assumed to be borrowed" from the fourth quarter of 1979 when oil is scheduled to cost 14.55 per barrel.
Viņi austu vērtē ne tikai skaistas, bet arī gudras sievietes, tādas uztverot kā izaicinājumu un pārbaudījumu savām spējām dabūt to, ko grib. Gudri, veiksmīgi biznesā, pašpārliecināti, bet ne iedomīgi, un - ļoti labi mīļākie.Obama believes that the Manichaeanism, and eloquently rendered bellicosity, commonly associated with Churchill were justified by Hitler’s rise, and were at times defensible in the struggle against the Soviet Union.But he also thinks rhetoric should be weaponized sparingly, if at all, in today’s more ambiguous and complicated international arena.In a ddition Kuwait raised output levels by about 550,000 BD Nigeria and Venezuela provided significant supplementary oil pro duction;and Iraq, Abu Dhabi, and other Persian Gulf emirates pro vided marginal additions to world oil supplies I THE REACTION OF OTHE R OIL PRODUCERS While the privately-owned international oil industry smoothly reallocated the Iranian oil shortfall to minimize its impact on world oil markets in general and Iran's individual customers in particular, various national petroleum organizatio n s have sought to extract economic and political windfall benefits from the Iranian oil shutdown.Abu Dhabi opportunistically exercized a contractual option tocutback all its long-term oil supply contracts by 5 per cent, thereby enabling itself to auction o ff two million barrels of oil on the spot market in late January. Last year Riyadh had indirectly in dicate d that it would suspend its self-imposed production ceiling of 8.5 MBD as long as Iran was shutdown.Skorpiona personība ir antagonisko spēku mainīgais savietojums.