Greenspan: “The Iraq war is largely about oil”

Another nugget from Alan Greenspan’s book, courtesy of Bob Woodward (HT tblade):

Without elaborating, he writes, “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”

Well, that ought to cause a few heads to explode.

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  1. As if the correlation between absurdly high gas prices...

    ...and record profits from Exxon/Mobil weren't a big enough kick in the teeth.

    And to think I dismissed the "no blood for oil" crowd 4-5 years ago. I'm not sure I'm swayed by Greenspan's statement, but it can't be easily dismissed. It deserves consideration.

  2. Dang it

    All these great Republicans such as Greenspan, Colin Powell, and George Tenet commenting so trenchantly on the problems facing the nation.  If only they'd ever had the chance to hold an office that would have given them power to keep the problems from getting so bad...

    sabutai   @   Tue 4 Dec 7:00 PM
    • The really sick part is that

      these are  the 'good guys'. Our government has been taken over by the likes of DeLay, Scooter Libby, Gonzalez and thousands of others. They are people without conscience who always put the GOP first, and would never utter a word of public dissent.

       

       

  3. Largely about oil...

    How's that working out for us, by the way?

    That oil production in Iraq is basically a trickle of its prewar self, of course, does not mean Greenspan is wrong. Maybe its about oil and Bush is just doing a heckuva job, as usual. Maybe its about oil and making sure that others don't get it (if so, mission accomplished).

    But maybe, the purpose of war is war, the purpose of gulags is gulags, and the purpose of torture, torture. Maybe it's our rulers' glands, or the voices in their heads. I honestly don't know.

    I find it ironic, however, how very bad for business this supposedly pro-business administration is. No Iraqi oil spoils, a hollowed out economy, a weakened dollar, a shrinking middle class. Where are the rational capitalists?

    I never entertained conspiracy theories, but the events of the past six years would have really disabused me of of the belief that the Trilateral Commission ran the world, if I ever thought it did.

  4. An observation from here in Germany....

    Greenspan's musings have been all over the media here--particularly the print media.

    He's like Henry Kissinger, they never appologize for their actions in office and they never go away.  Kissinger has a weekly column to which he attaches his name (I don't know whether or not he actually pens it) in the Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper that is so trite as to be embarrassing.

    Of course it was about oil.  Iraq was formed by the Brits and the Americans because of oil.  This is a mystery.

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