Bush Speechwriter: Oil Inspired Decision To Invade Iraq

Ten years ago, anyone who said that the United States was invading Iraq in part to take its oil was dismissed as delusional. But via the Daily Beast, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum now confirms:

I was less impressed by Ahmed Chalabi than were some others in the Bush administration. However, since one of those “others” was Vice President Cheney, it didn’t matter what I thought.

In 2002, Chalabi joined the annual summer retreat of the American Enterprise Institute near Vail, Colorado. He and Cheney spent long hours together, contemplating the possibilities of a Western-oriented Iraq: an additional source of oil, an alternative to U.S. dependency on an unstable-looking Saudi Arabia.

 

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  • BuzzCoastin

    jump15.clams is a virus infested Java exploit site
    was that bot gibberish supposed to entice us
    or just piss us off

    thanks for sharing

  • BuzzCoastin

    the MIBC always needs a war to keep going
    which is why Der Homeland has had wars every year of its existence
    oil was just a good excuse to rev up the war machine for fun & profit
    and it was a nice set-up for the war on terror too
    but one day it will all come tumbling down

    • Ittabena

      Don’t forget the Opium producing Bekaa Valley…

      I’ve often thought that if Tibet had opium or oil, or both the Dalai Lama would be in Lhasa right now instead of India.

      • BuzzCoastin

        weapons, illegal drugs, counterfeiting & fleecing the sheeple
        god bless america’s MIBC

        but yer right about that
        which is why Cambodia, Thailand & Burma
        are Uncle Homeland’s phat fast friends
        they run the Golden Triangle for Uncle Homeland

  • Ittabena

    Well, imagine my horror and shock. I can’t believe it…

    • kowalityjesus

      LOL

  • rtb61

    It was more than just oil, it was a hunt for profits out of the US treasury. Why was it so badly run because the blatant and all to public focus was on how much profit insiders could generate out of it and screw everything else. Of course how many prosecutions did Uncle Tom Obama manage out of the debacle that was the Iraq War fraud and embezzlement, billions gone, hundreds of thousands dead, US reputation utterly destroyed and all that bloody Uncle Tom Obama has managed is Bradley Manning, the one sole public official trying to expose it all, a private (think of all those corrupt arseholes that out ranked him all to willing to hide the lies and protect the criminals).
    Uncle Tom Obama can now stand up and do his Shrub moment, give the thumbs up and say mission accomplished, as everyone get’s away with it.

  • emperorreagan

    Someone at homeland security has a pretty sweet job, where they’re coming up with incredible terrorist scenarios where people are pulling off comic book super-villain / Tom Clancy-ish simultaneous attacks that kill everyone. And the entire government is willing to suspend their disbelief and take action on the idea.

    I also like reminders that my poor opinion of Christopher Hitchens is well founded. Dallying about with Dick Cheney’s buddy Ahmed Chalabi?

  • Geoff Henry

    So does this mean we can prosecute yet? Just kidding unfortunately.

  • Keeth

    “An American-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and the replacement of the radical Baathist dictatorship with a new government more closely aligned with the United States, would put America more wholly in charge of the region than any power since the Ottomans, or maybe even the Romans.” ~ David Frum, New York Times Magazine in 2001

    Frum is just as guilty. He has blood on his hands too.

    • nubwaxer

      don’t forget thomas friedman. he still insists that it was and is a good thing.

  • Frank_Black
  • nubwaxer

    Operation Iraq Liberation–O-I-L.. who could have imagined? but that didn’t turn out well for us. war profiteers though fed at the trough like the greedy arrogant pigs they are.

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