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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:30 AM
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Surprise, Surprise! Iraq War Was About Oil
Surprise, Surprise! Iraq War Was About Oil
by Ray McGovern
Published on Saturday, April 23, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

Afghanistan may be the graveyard of empires, but Iraq is home to a graveyard sense of humor. Iraqis wonder aloud whether the U.S. and Britain would have invaded Iraq if its main export had been cabbages instead of oil.

However obvious the answer, a remarkable array of American pundits and pseudo-savants have resisted giving the oil factor any pride of place among the motives behind the U.S./U.K. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. To this day, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) continue to play the accustomed role as government accomplice suppressing unwelcome news.

So, if you dont tune in to Amy Goodmans Democracy Now or read the British press, you will have missed the latest documentary evidence showing that Great Britains Lords and Ladies lied about how big oil companies, like BP, lusted after Iraqi oil in the months leading up to the attack on Iraq.

Oil researcher Greg Muttitts new book Fuel on Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq presents that evidence, since Muttitt had better luck than American counterparts in getting responses to his Freedom of Information requests.

After a five-year struggle, he obtained more than 1,000 official documents which how to say this do not reflect well on the peerage, the captains of the oil industry, and the government of Tony Blair.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:38 AM
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1. Imagine that. Another bubble burst. nt
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:38 AM
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2. Surprise?
:shrug:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:39 AM
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3. And the same is true for Libya
When will we stop this madness
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:14 AM
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4. I think there was more to it than that
Bush was desperate to become a "war president." He felt the only way that history would see him as a great president was if he successfully presided over a war. Plus, he saw how high his father's poll numbers went during the first Iraq War. He thought that if he was at war, he would gain enough political capital to push his sick agenda through. I think Cheney wanted the war primarily for the oil, but Bush was thinking about his agenda and his legacy.
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Yo_Mama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:16 AM
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5. It wasn't, but the Libyan one sure is! n/t
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:16 AM
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6. K&R
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