Saturday, September 15, 2007

Iraq and Oil

Kevin Drum quotes a line from Alan Greenspan's memoir:
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."
I have perhaps been influenced by too many Richard Heinberg books, but I have thought all along that this war is all about -- and only about -- oil. I have been amazed and disheartened by the degree to which the media here in the US have ignored this angle and barely even mentioned it. It gets no press at all, even in the liberal papers -- how can that be? I am sad about how easily we have fallen for this Administration's claim that is is all about Al Qaeda in Iraq, and all that crap. We are building massive military bases in Iraq, at least four, and the media is barely even covering this. Oil company profits are through the roof and they are barely even covering that.
This is an ugly, corporate war, and American men and women are dying for these corporations, and they do not even know it. It is an amazing phenomenon, really, and the American public has been completely thrown off by challenges to their patriotism. It all seems so easy, really.

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