Oil production was always the greedy goal of the Iraq War

by Alan Boraas

Published: November 4th, 2011 09:46 PM
Last Modified: November 4th, 2011 09:47 PM

The Iraq War is over and we won.

We were given many reasons for the Iraq War. We were told the war was to block use of weapons of mass destruction, but there were no WMDs. We were told the war was about terrorism, but the Al Qaida terrorists were not from Iraq and there were no Al Qaida in Iraq. We were told the war was about regime change. We did change the regime and attempt nation building, but it was framed as patriotic altruism and we were not told why that particular nation was targeted for export of our democracy.

The Iraq War was about oil and that’s why it’s now over.


2 responses to “Oil production was always the greedy goal of the Iraq War

  1. On War, by U.S General Smedley Butler (1933)

    I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

    I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

    During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

  2. Somewhere in storage I have a “special edition” of Time magazine from two weeks after the invasion of Iraq, which has a cover boasting of victory in Iraq. I had forgotten about it until I was moving some stuff into my moms garage, I skyped my brother who is stationed in Baghdad to let him know that we had won the war over six years ago. He got a kick out of that.

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