Was the Iraq War About Grabbing Oil … Or Keeping It Off The Market?

31 Mar

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Most thinking folks are by now well aware that the invasion of Iraq, purportedly to overthrow the “evil dictator” Saddam Hussein, ring-fence his alleged “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, and so expand the “War On Terror”, was really all about oil.

It seems there is a lot more to it than that.

To quickly refresh our memories, it is worth reviewing the following pictorial from Business Insider – How The American People Were Sold The Iraq War.

Now for the true story, there is this (from Zero Hedge):

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4-Star General (and CENTCOM commander with responsibility for Iraq) John Abizaid, Fed boss Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Sarah Palin, Bush speechwriter David Frum, key war architect John Bolton,  and a high-level National Security Council officer all say that the Iraq war was about oil.

Documents from Britain show the same thing.

But apologists for the Iraq war said this can’t be true, because American companies didn’t really end up with that much Iraqi oil.

BBC and Guardian investigative reporter Greg Palast – a New York Times bestselling author – thinks he knows why.  Palast is famous for obtaining original source documents from whistleblowers which tell the real story.

Palast argues today that source documents he obtained through cloak-and-dagger methods prove that the war was actually focused on keeping Saddam’s oil off of the market … so as to keep oil prices high …

Much more here.

Or for those who prefer pictures:

An infographic produced by the author presenting the Iraq war's secret history. Click to enlarge.

An infographic produced by author Greg Palast presenting the Iraq war’s secret history. Click to enlarge.

Sometimes the simplest explanation really is the correct one, as this comment by Zero Hedge reader “johnQpublic” shows:

“when i left for the first gulf war, gas cost 73.9 per gallon.

when i came back it was 1.35 per gallon

i said then that we went to war to raise the price of oil.

it was true then and its true now.”

If only more people could learn to turn off their TV’s.  Stop reading and listening to mainstream media.  And begin to practice these good habits.

Observe.

Contemplate.

Follow The Money.

EDIT: Greg Palast’s pictorial summary included above.

See also –

What Do These Beautiful People Have In Common?

Guess Where These Beautiful Pictures Were Taken …

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12 Responses to “Was the Iraq War About Grabbing Oil … Or Keeping It Off The Market?”

  1. Barry March 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    The problem with this theory is that it assumes that OPEC was not an effective controller of oil price. It certainly was effective at that time.
    A second point is a BBC documentary that I saw that had Saddam Hussein addressing a large meeting about their nuclear weapon program. The west had a ban on components suitable for manufacturing nuclear weapons at the time.
    Saddam held a device he said was banned but that they had obtained them anyway.

    That was from the horse’s mouth so to speak. A bit hard to deny it.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus March 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      Was Saddam speaking in English? Or were viewers required to believe the (UK government-owned) BBC’s translation? Just a thought.

      We are hearing the same propaganda re WMD’s being used to justify the West’s financing and arming of the Syrian “rebels” – “chemical weapons” is the claim – and to lay the “public opinion” groundwork for a war or subversive action (a la Libya, Syria) targeting Iran.

      • Barry March 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

        I can’t remember, but I presume it was Arabic. If the translation had not been accurate it would have been obvious and there are plenty of lip readers about the place.
        No, it was genuine, remember this was before the war started.
        I doubt if the Israelis attacked an imaginary reactor building.

        As far as doing it to increase the price of oil, that is about the most unlikely possibility.
        Why would the Americans want to destroy their own economy ?
        Thats what happened in 2008.

        • The Blissful Ignoramus March 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

          Barry, it’s never about the best interests of the country. It is about the best interests of bankers, and their cronies.

          • Barry March 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

            Bankers, hmmm, maybe but they had no interest in higher priced oil, that is what sent them broke in 2008.

  2. Phil Curtis March 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    You may remember the James Bond movie “Goldfinger”. The idea was to irradiate the Fort Knox gold to make it unusable, therefore, making Auric’s gold holdings more valuable.

    It is truly impressive how distracting the MSM is.

    Look at my left hand. Where did that pretty bird come from. Watch it fly away.

    What were we talking about. Can’t remember.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus March 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      LOL. You have a way with words Phil. If you ever wish to write a Guest Post, let me know.

    • Phil Curtis March 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      Thanks BI

      That last one was a bit oblique. It is incredible, however, the capacity of people to believe authority figures without doubting.

      I am a student of truth and remain impressed with much of your research.

      Cheers Phil

    • Barry April 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Well Phil, they might have wanted to control the Iraqi oil fields but no way would they have wanted to keep that supply off the market.
      Remember at that time most of those in the know were well versed in peak oil.
      They knew what was coming, but unfortunately they did not get the oil flowing in time to avoid the Great Financial Crash. If you are one of those that doubt the effect of oil production peaking, just have a look at the mess in Egypt and the financial problems in Europe.

  3. Kevin Moore March 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    “Crude Designs – The rip off of Iraqs oil wealth”

    The UK and US have long had their eyes on the massive energy resources of Iraq and the Gulf. In 1918 Sir Maurice Hankey, Britain’s First Secretary of the War Cabinet wrote:

    “Oil in the next war will occupy the place of coal in the present war, or at least a parallel place to coal. The only big potential supply that we can get under British control is the Persian [now Iran] and Mesopotamian [now Iraq] supply… Control over these oil supplies becomes a first class British war aim.”1

    After World War II both the US and UK identified the importance of Middle Eastern oil. British officials believed that the area was “a vital prize for any power interested in world influence or domination”2, while their US counterparts saw the oil resources of Saudi Arabia as a “stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in world history”3.

    19523/1/Crude%20Designs%20The%Rip%off%20of%20Iraqs%20Oil%20Wealth.pdf?1

  4. omanuel March 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    May Easter 2013 mark the beginning of the end to almost seven decades of fraudulent government science and the return of mankind to respect for his Creator, his actual role in the cosmos, and “The GOLDEN RULE.” http://tgrule.com/2013/03/29/13511/

    – Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

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