Wednesday, June 18, 2008

OMG! The Iraq War Really IS About Oil

The NY Times reports today that the major oil companies that were run out of Iraq over 30 years ago when Saddam nationalized the industry are now in final negotiations to return to the country, and control massive amounts of Iraq's oil resources. Read it and weep, here. OMG!

The Author is older and jaded after decades of life and learning, but it is still hard to believe that we sacrificed thousands of our finest youth, our economy, our homes, our international reputation and our future hopes for the profits of a few oil companies. What were the Bushies thinking? Are we really that gullible? Evidently. Even when former Australian Defense Minister Brendan Nelson acknowleged the connection, we didn't believe. Even when Alan Greenspan added his voice to the chorus, proclaiming that though politically incorrect, the war was based on the need for unfettered access to Iraqi oil we balked. Damn. Double damn. Here's a relevant quote from the citied article:

There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract.

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