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War for Oil?

September 3, 2009


Both American wars on Iraq have been surrounded by conspiracy theory types who say, “it’s really about oil!

Consider, for instance, the following claim, which was issued concerning the first conflict:

Vital economic interests are at stake …. Iraq itself controls some 10 percent of the world’s proven oil resources. Iraq plus Kuwait controls twice that. An Iraq permitted to swallow Kuwait would have the economic and military power, as well as the arrogance, to intimidate and coerce its neighbors—neighbors who control the lion’s share of the world’s remaining oil reserves.

So, who’s the conspiracty theory nut who said this? Who thinks the reason behind the war is really oil, oil, and oil?

None other than George H.W. Bush, who went on to say:

We cannot permit a resources so vital to be dominated by one so ruthless. And we wont.


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