Today we observe the 12th anniversary of 9/11, it is a somber day of reflection, as 12 years ago today America was attacked and the twin towers in New York were no more. Now 12 years later we think to ourselves, "Have things gotten any better in the Middle East?" The sad answer in this observer's mind is no.
Last evening, President Obama addressed the nation on most of the major news channels about Syria. I even received an email this morning from the White House explaining the situation in Syria.
Today's poll question is this: Is Putin now dictating American diplomacy in the Middle East?
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Exxon Mobil is no longer the world's number-one oil producer. As of yesterday, that title belongs to Putin Oil Corp – oh, whoops. I mean the title belongs to Rosneft, Russia's state-controlled oil company.
Rosneft is buying TNK-BP, which is a vertically integrated oil company co-owned by British oil firm BP and a group of Russian billionaires known as AAR. One of the top-ten privately owned oil producers in the world, in 2010 TNK-BP churned out 1.74 million barrels of oil equivalent per day from its assets in Russia and Ukraine and processed almost half that amount through its refineries.