So today I decided to do a little NYTimes search. Search engines are fascinating to me -- we have so much information and history available to us now... years and years of articles/moments/true at the time...
My search was first "troops, oil"
Europe's Oil, Our Troops
By SHIBLEY TELHAMI AND MICHAEL O'HANLON
Published: December 30, 1995
Concern over who controls the vast Middle Eastern oil reserves makes the large American military presence in the Persian Gulf seem reasonable. But do the threats to oil justify the high price of our unilateral military expenditures?
I tried to find some numbers on troop deployment to the Gulf -- but the only numbers I found were from Wikipedia, and really -- it's not to be trusted -- especially for things like that.
If anyone knows of a government site where those numbers are kept, please leave a comment!
I switched my search to: "Soldiers, oil"
I found a story from 1914 -- an uprising in Mexico -- "Oil Fields Disturbed"
Story after story after story... country after country --
Entirely randomly, with no coordination at all, I thought I'd post a few...
REVOLUTION AND FIRE ARE DEVASTATING BAKU; It Is Feared the Whole Oil Industry Will Be Wiped Out. THE TROOPS ARE HELPLESS Tarters Massacring Villagers -- Rioters Robbing and Murdering Jews at Kishineff.
September 7, 1905, Thursday
Page 4, 1049 words
THE CAMPAIGN IN THE OIL REGIONS.; TROOPS SENT FROM HARRISBURG TO THE MINING REGIONS--GOV. HARTRANFT TO TAKE PERSONAL COMMAND IN THAT SECTION--EXAMINATION OF RIOTERS. SEVERAL TRAINS ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD STOPPED BY A MOB OF STRIKERS --THE MINERS AND RAILROAD MEN COMBINING--TROUBLE APPREHENDED.
Special Dispatch to the New-York Times.
August 2, 1877, Wednesday
Page 1, 1506 words
Iraqi Troops Recapture Big Oil Field; A Major Victory Seen
By ELAINE SCIOLINO, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: June 26, 1988
LEAD: Senior Administration officials said today that the Iraqi recapture of the Majnoon Islands was a major victory.
MORE TROOPS FOR TUXPAM.; Federals Draw Upon Southern Garrisons to Protect Oil Regions.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
December 7, 1913, Sunday
By STEVEN LEE MYERS
Published: July 19, 2008
HOUSTON — President Bush agreed to “a general time horizon” for withdrawing American troops in Iraq, the White House announced Friday, in a concession that reflected both progress in stabilizing Iraq and the depth of political opposition to an open-ended military presence in Iraq and at home.
Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
May the soldiers be happy may the soldiers be healthy may the soldiers be safe, may the soldiers live in ease.