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 …
Or for those who prefer pictures:
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.
Follow The Money.
EDIT: Greg Palast’s pictorial summary included above.
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