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August 10, 2003

Iraqi Oil

By Harry Braun

While Bush administration officials dismissed the notion that the war with Iraq was not over Iraq's immense oil reserves, the fact remains that as a result of the war, the Iraqi oil reserves are now indeed under U.S. control. It was also no secret that the primary objective of the initial invasion was to secure the Iraqi oil fields, and while Baghdad was sacked and looted, the only building that was protected by U.S. troops was the Oil Ministry. What the Bush administration failed to anticipate was the extensive looting and sabotage of oil facilities, utility substations and transmission lines that has effectively ended Iraqi oil exports. Even more ominous is the fact that in 120 degree heat, millions of Iraqis-as well as the U.S. occupation forces who must be in full combat gear-are generally without electricity, water, refrigerators, or air conditioning.

Why Bush Has Refused to Accept International Help

While many in the Congress are urging the Bush administration to have other countries share in the immense costs and burdens that will be required in the rebuilding the country of Iraq, to do so would require a new UN resolution that would no longer allow the American government and companies to control Iraqi oil. This in turn would mean that the Bush administration would not be able to assess war reparations against the Iraqi oil revenues, which further means the American taxpayers, who are being deprived of basic services at home because of a lack of federal money, will be paying for the war and reconstruction in Iraq-with interest-for many years to come.

In many respects, it is absurd to think that such inflicting such mass-death and destruction was undertaken simply to allow Iraq to be governed by an Anti-American religious theocracy, which is now inevitable if its leaders in Iraq are to be democratically elected. Indeed, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield has stated flatly that the U.S. will not allow such a development to occur, which means the Bush administration's statements about seeking democracy and not wanting Iraq's oil are no more believable than the pre-war claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or its ties to Osama bin Laden. What's left as a motive for the war, if not the $3 trillion worth of oil? But that means that President Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and others in his administration repeatedly lied to initiate and justify an illegal war that authorized U.S. military forces to mass-murder thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children and reduce their country to rubble in order to "liberate" their oil resources. With such naked and brutal aggression, is there any wonder why many people compare Bush's liberation of Iraq to Hitler's liberation of Poland.

Saddam was "Made in the USA"

It is worth noting that according to Roger Morris, author of "A Tyrant 40 Years in the Making," published in The New York Times on March 14, 2003, secret Iraqi atrocities were organized and financed by the CIA during the Kennedy administration. These activities were part of a "regime change" effort in Iraq in 1963, which put Saddam Hussein's Brutal Baath Party into power as puppets of the U.S. government. According to disclosures by the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, the CIA provided lists of hundreds of suspected communists and leftists to the anti-communist Baathists, who then proceeded to systematically murder them.

Gulf War I Betrayal

Many of the people killed were Iraq's highly educated elite, including doctors, lawyers, scientists and other political and military professionals. Britain and Israel supported the coup, while France and Germany opposed the action. As such, Saddam Hussein and his minority Baath party were put into power in a bloody coup that was paid for a and organized by the CIA during the Kennedy administration. Saddam was an American-friendly secular leader that embraced western culture more than any Arab country, and the Reagan administration continued to support Saddam with military and technical assistance all during the period when Saddam was using chemical weapons on his Iranian enemies, as well as on his own people, although the latter claim has been disputed by some ex CIA officials who have indicated on CNN that it was the Iranians who gassed the Kurds, and not Saddam.

Given the long list of false claims made by the Bush administration, it is impossible to know anything for sure, but in any case, Saddam continued to be a close ally to the U.S. right up until the U.S. betrayed him following his invasion of Kuwait. Indeed, it is well known that prior to the invasion, Saddam had consulted with U.S. officials about the invasion, and according to the San Francisco Examiner, 11/18/02) Ambassador April Gillespie told Saddam that "We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." President Bush had even agreed with Saddam's complaints that Kuwait was illegally pumping Iraqi oil with state of the art horizontal drilling technology from wells located near the Iraq/Kuwaiti border. For some reason, President H.W. Bush decided to change his position and organize a war to defend the Amir of Kuwait and his 80 wives.

Gulf War II Atrocities

President George W Bush has often referred to the fact that Saddam had tried to kill his father, without mentioning the fact that it was his father who had betrayed Saddam, and then made every effort to assassinate him during the initial bombing of Baghdad.

It is also worth noting that even if it was the intention of George W to "liberate" the Iraqi people and not their oil, given the overwhelming American military superiority, it was not necessary to use depleted uranium munitions that will have long-term genetic effects on the Iraqi people. Nor was there any need to repeatedly bomb Baghdad again, which is the very cradle of civilization where almost every building and structure has historical significance. Not only was Iraq's most elegant art and architecture destroyed in the barbaric invasion, but even the major library and Natural History Museum that chronicled over 7,000 years of human history was destroyed in the chaos of looting that followed. Although many of the important treasures were hidden by Iraqi museum officials, the senseless loss of history and scholarship did not need to happen. The U.S. forces had no trouble in securing and defending the oil ministry building, but priceless historical treasures were considered "unimportant" and were allowed to be lost as Baghdad was sacked and looted, which the Bush administration referred to as "liberation."

If President Bush had spent the billions of dollars and political capital that occurred after 9/11 on implementing the Phoenix Project plan instead of the war in Iraq, America would be well on the way to ending our dependence of not only Middle East oil, but from all fossil and nuclear fuels by 2010. If such a plan had been pursued, America would have the genuine support and respect of the world, instead of the anti-Americanism that is now spreading like wildfire. What a missed opportunity. For more information, contact

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