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Jun 29, 2008

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Olivier Withoff

Of course it’s about oil and always has been. Post the Clinton years, we placed a (UN sanctioned) embargo on Iraq, which included the oil-for-food program. The OFF prog, was corrupt at its core, and lead all the way up to the higher echelons of the UN. Basically, Saddam hated the US, but we were never *after* his oil. The last thing that was needed was for a poor dictator to become a rich dictator and act on that hatred. The OFF prog was crumbling, and Russia had already started financing extraction. Do you strike when your enemy is weak, or wait until they're strong? Even through the Clinton years he was a constant verbal threat.
By stomping on Iraq, GWB did several things: (1) He took the show to foreign lands, so that we wouldn’t suffer another 9/11 (2) He showed the world that we won’t stand idly by, and have someone threaten us that has the potential to act on that threat (3) To a lesser extent, tried the democracy experiment – which was doomed to failure, but if it had worked would have saved us having to be there for the next 100 years.

Sally G

I just read John M. Perkins' book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. It provides an interesting perspective on how the U.S., multinationals, and World Bank conspired to put "Third World" countries over their heads in debt building energy/electrical plants/infraastructure sized to meet unreasonable growth plans made by the energy/engineering/contracting U.S.A. companies who would get the contracts for the projects, thus bringing these countries under the influence of the expanding U.S. global empire. Next, when it was obvious that these countries were buried in never-payable debt, debt forgiveness was offered. . . but only under conditions favorable to the U.S. economy and such multimationals as Bechtel, Halliburton, and Brown & Root. It seems that leaving foreign policy to the private sector eliminates a lot of pesky oversight/Freedom of Information Act problems. . .

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