Wednesday | June 04, 2003
War was about oil -- Wolfowitz
If confirmed, this will be explosive:
Oil was the main reason for military action against Iraq, a leading White House hawk has claimed, confirming the worst fears of those opposed to the US-led war [...]Shit. Assumming the report is accurate, Wolfy has undercut the "pretend" reason for war (WMDs) and admitted the real reason (oil), all in a single week.
2-1 Wolfowitz is gone by the end of the month.
Update: The full quote is as follows:
The country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse. That I believe is a major point of leverage.Supposedly, the Guardian took this quote out of context by taking out the first paragraph.
Sorry, but I'm not seeing it. Iraq had suffered through more than a decade of dehabilitation international sanctions. True, some oil was smuggled out, but that money went to pay for Saddam's palaces and army. The same is true in North Korea -- Kim Jung Il is known as a free-spending playboy that loves to live the good life. He pays for it by exporting missile technologies.
Iraq could've rested on a sea of diamonds for all the good it would've done it.
You have two dangerous regimes (assuming, for the moment, that Saddam was "dangerous"). Both face crippling international sanctions. Why focus on the one that denies having WMDs, and not the other that admits to having nuclear missiles capable of striking the US mainland?
Hint: it's that "sea of oil" thing.Posted June 04, 2003 09:36 AM | Comments (242)