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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Iraq War, All About Oil?

I am sure you are aware of - if not engaged in it yourself - the ongoing debate of whether the Iraq invasion and war was truly all about Iraqi oil, and had little to do with WMD and the rest of the fabricated reasons. Those who would dane to argue that the invasion was motivated by oil interests are attacked as left and worse. Now comes some more material to chew on, some of which looks like Crow.

"Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protesters claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.

In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists".

"Big Oil" appears to have won. The latest plan, obtained by Newsnight from the US State Department was, we learned, drafted with the help of American oil industry consultants.

Insiders told Newsnight that planning began "within weeks" of Bush's first taking office in 2001, long before the September 11th attack on the US."

Some say that W failed at every oil venture he ever tried, and that the Iraq invasion was his chance to hit a gusher. I'm not sure this is the entire story. For the entire article click here.