Remember oil? That thing we didn’t go to war in Iraq for?

Spoils of war

In These Times
by Antonia Juhasz

01/15/07

Remember oil? That thing we didn’t go to war in Iraq for? Now with his war under attack, even President George W. Bush has gone public, telling reporters last August, ‘[a] failed Iraq … would give the terrorists and extremists an additional tool besides safe haven, and that is revenues from oil sales.’ Of course, Bush not only wants to keep oil out of his enemies’ hands, he also wants to put it into the hands of his friends. The President’s concern over Iraq’s oil is shared by the Iraq Study Group, which on December 6 released its much-anticipated report. While the mainstream press focused on the report’s criticism of Bush’s handling of the war and the report’s call for (potential) removal of (most) U.S. troops (maybe) by 2008, ignored was the report’s focus on Iraq’s oil. Page 1, chapter 1 laid out in no uncertain terms Iraq’s importance to the Middle East, the United States and the world with this reminder: ‘It has the world’s second-largest known oil reserves’...

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