Bill Moyers from truthout.org:
Oh, no, they told us, Iraq isn't a war about oil. That's cynical
and simplistic, they said. It's about terror and al-Qaeda and
toppling a dictator and spreading democracy and protecting ourselves
from weapons of mass destruction. But one by one, these concocted
rationales went up in smoke, fire and ashes. And now the bottom line
turns out to be ... the bottom line. It is about oil.
Alan Greenspan said so last fall. The former chairman of the
Federal Reserve, safely out of office, confessed in his memoir,
"Everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." He elaborated in
an interview with The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, "If Saddam
Hussein had been head of Iraq and there was no oil under those sands,
our response to him would not have been as strong as it was in the
first Gulf War."
Remember, also, that soon after the invasion, Donald Rumsfeld's
deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, told the press that war was our only
strategic choice. "We had virtually no economic options with Iraq,"
he explained, "because the country floats on a sea of oil."
Shades of Daniel Plainview, the monstrous petroleum tycoon in
the movie, "There Will Be Blood." Half-mad, he exclaims, "There's a
whole ocean of oil under our feet!" then adds, "No one can get at it
except for me!"
No wonder American troops only guarded the Ministries of Oil and
the Interior in Baghdad, even as looters pillaged museums of their
priceless antiquities. They were making sure no one could get at the
oil except ... guess who?
Here's a recent headline in The New York Times: "Deals With Iraq
Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back." Read on: "Four western companies
are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that
will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession
to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power."
There you have it. After a long exile, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total
and BP are back in Iraq. And on the wings of no-bid contracts -
that's right, sweetheart deals like those given Halliburton, KBR and
Blackwater. The kind of deals you get only if you have friends in
high places. And these war profiteers have friends in very high places.