War for Oil
This article belongs to Behind the Bush column.
Ironically, Operation Iraqi Freedom was first called Operation Iraqi Liberation: O.I.L. In the words of a song by folk singer David Rovics, "It's Operation Iraqi Liberation; tell me what does that spell? Operation Iraqi Liberation: O.I.L."
The Bush administration has ties to the oil industry. President Bush developed and headed Arbusto Energy Inc. (Spanish for bush), an oil exploration venture. Vice-President Cheney served as the CEO of Halliburton, an energy corporation, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice served on Chevron's board of directors.
Furthermore, Cheney was the Secretary of Defense for George H.W. Bush. After the Gulf War in 1992, "Cheney gave Halliburton, the energy services company, a contract to study the privatization of some Pentagon functions." Cheney became the CEO of Halliburton after Bush was defeated in 1993 by
"Do not destroy oil wells," Bush told the Iraqi military in a
Former anti-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke presented four rationales in his book for invading Iraq which he attributes to Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolowitz, and Bush: 1. Finishing what Bush senior had started, 2. eliminating a threat to
Iraqi oil fields: ripe for the picking
The prominent oil analyst, Fadel Gheit considers Iraq to be "virgin territory" greater than anything Exxon is currently involved in, and that is why "Iraq becomes the most sought-after real estate of the future…Think of Iraq as a military base with a very large oil reserve underneath…You can't ask for anything better than that."[v]
The National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG) produced maps of
Investigative journalist Greg Palast, an American reporter for the BBC, was able to obtain a copy of the document "Options for a Sustainable Iraqi Oil Industry" from the State Department. Drafted by oil industry executives and experts, the 323 page plan states
Former Republican strategist blasted Bush administration
Kevin Phillips, former Republican strategist, wrote a trilogy about the Republican Party. In the third book, American Theocracy, Phillips looks at the forces which threaten American democracy: fundamentalism, oil, and borrowed money. He considers the war in
1. Fold oil objectives into the global war against terror.
2. Cement the U.S. dollar's hegemonic role in global oil sales—and thus in the world economy.
3. Keep the invasion's purpose broad enough to allow the biblically minded Christian right to see it…as the destruction of the new
Phillips contrasted the security the
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