Yes, the Middle Eastern Wars Really Are All About Oil

Oil: The Reason Behind the Wars in the Middle East

The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others.

Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11.

The Sunday Herald reported:

Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.

Congressman Ed Markey said in March

Well, we’re in Libya because of oil.

John Bolton spoke last week about:

The critical oil and natural gas producing region that we fought so many wars to try and protectour economy from the adverse impact of losing that supply or having it available only at very high prices.

 

And as Dylan Ratigan writes today:

It’s somewhat rare to hear a Senator tell the truth about American foreign policy, but we did get a glimpse of reality last week when Senator Lindsey Graham lustily talked about the death of Gadaffi. He said, “There’s a lot of money to be made in the future in Libya. There’s a lot of oil to be produced. Let’s get on the ground and help the Libya people establish a democracy and a functioning economy based on free market principles.”

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While we have the illusion of choice in our politics, the only real consistency in policy-making is Washington’s commitment to war and oil, and increasingly often, war for oil. Libya was the oil dealer to Western Europe, but the market for oil is global. And oil is the prize, not democracy. This is why John McCain praised Gaddafi in 2009 for his peacemaking efforts, and applauded his death last week. It’s also why our military is increasingly extended across the world in oil-rich regions.

Our oil-drenched, defense-heavy industrial policy is increasingly creaky, but it is protected by the money that flows into the political system to wall off politicians from voters.

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Without a reformation for new politics, and a different way of relating to one another, we will continue with the status quo. And we will have to keep finding countries and asking the question of how our oil got under their sand.

Note: Anyone who thinks that the Middle Eastern wars are a response to 9/11 should read this. For example, the Iraq war and [threatened] Iran war were planned before 9/11.

The Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11 (see this and this). And – according to French intelligence officers – the U.S. wanted to run a lettuce pipeline through Afghanistan to transport Central Asian oil easily and cheaply. And so the U.S. told the Taliban shortly before 9/11 that they would either get “a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”, the former if they greenlighted the pipeline, the second if they didn’t. See this, this and this.

And see this.

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  • Jim G

    George, Of course you’re spot right; of course crude was the reason for the invasion of Libya. Have you seen the price of brent crude compared to WTI crude? They have no oil in Europe and China was heavily invested in Libya. HOWEVER, no one is paying attention to the petro-dollars and the current desperation of European and US banks. Even Iran prices oil in $$$s per the treaty after WWII, but no one wants $$$s any more because it has been such a poor investment vehicle. Gold has been much better. Iraq did not want $$$s, was invaded. Libya did not want $$$s, was invaded (I believe they wanted gold). Iran does not want $$$. The dollars are deposited in US and European banks. The dollars standing as the finacial reserve currency of the world was / is being threatened, and thus the Federal Reserve Banks ability to print unlimited dollars! George, you are a supporter of OWS. Research and write an article on how all the Middle East wars and US intervention is because of the interests of US investment banks. It is important and is not being followed!

  • http://www.worldcomplex.com Michael Gipp

    There is one other factor. According to George Friedman, a political scientist with an unhealthy interest in warfare, the chaos and destruction caused by US military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan are ends in themselves–the purpose being to prevent a great power that could possibly challenge America from arising in Eurasia.

    More goodies here. http://worldcomplex.blogspot.com/2011/04/book-review-g-friedmans-next-hundred.html

  • Denny

    Graham’s talking about ‘free market principles’? His ‘free market principles’ really worked well for Wall Street, but unfortunately, not for us. His ‘free market principles’ will 1. Never be free and 2. Never have an even vague resemblance to a principle. One shudders to understand the meaning of “Let’s get on the ground and help the Libyan people establish a democracy…”. If he’s referring to what his buddy, Bunnypants Bush, established in Iraq, then someone better tell the Libyans to start digging in – and quick, very, very quick.

  • http://www.mygold.co.nz Rich

    Of course it is oil. Who in their right mind would think something else? Everything else are excuses to get to it.

  • nameeeee

    Don’t forget that many of the prominent neo-cons wanted war with Iraq for israeli interests. Zell-a-cow, Kristol, Kagan, Wolfy and the rest of the soon to be PNAC war-enthusiasts who wrote A Clean Break.

  • JoJo

    I was surprized to read that Petro Canada was in Libyia. Back in the late 60′s, Canad bought most of the foriegn oil companiees at over $320 billion.Ontario bought out Sunoco at 57% ownership
    USA did not peep a word of concern. Pat 10 years, Petro can is 100% owned by USA oil companies. Scam was Government sold to Quebec Brofmans and theyin 6 months sold it to Americans.
    Sunaco now ontario owns 7% of shares.
    America gets most of it’s foriegn oil/gas from canada over80%. USA is in middle east to control oil flow to EU and far east. Another main reason–oil must be traded in yankee dollar. Why? USA prints money so other nations must have billion$ in reserve. To acquire these dollars they must ex chanage fees or trade for the yankee dollar
    that is why Uncle scam does not collect high taxes–americans are supported reserve dollar
    just wait when yankdollar is worthless :^/

  • dogismyth

    What? Do you really believe Cheney, Markey, Boulton, et al are telling us a truth? Why would you even quote them? They are liars and live to deceive.

    I believe it has nothing to do with oil, but it sure works up a lather with you guys. With the PTB’s ability for long term planning, I think it has nothing to do with oil. I think they are much further down the road when it comes to energy resources. Land is worth much more than oil. And that is their conquest….the world.

    If they tell you its all about the oil….its not. Stop falling for the same mind games. Just ignore them.

  • angryspittle

    DUH!

    Nuff said.

  • Jack M

    While washingtonsblog.com is the best blog on the net, that Bush’s wars were wars for oil is not exactly news, since this was understood by some people already in 2003. See e.g. “Wars for Oil” at http://www.serendipity.li/wtc9.htm (archive.org has its first archive of this page dated January 2004). This is another case of what was evident eight or more years ago (such as that 9/11 was an inside job) to anyone who could think but was unspeakable in ‘respectable’ circles until quite recently.

  • Richard Braverman

    The oil excuse is a subterfuge or misdirection.
    The best argument for oil is that we wanted to prevent china and russia from having greater access to Iraqi (and now Libyan) oil. However, the primary justification for the WARS has been and will always be to eliminate “so-called” existential threats to Israel. Senator Earnest Hollings made that point clear on the Senate floor way back in 2003. Unfortunately, the media always trots out the oil justification to keep the american people away from the real villains who started a war on behalf of Israel. Today one million Iraqis are dead, at least one hundred thousand afghans are dead, four million Iraqis are displaced refugees, five thousand US servicemen are dead, and at least fifty thousand are wounded all for a nation that refuses to compromise with its neighbors and its subsidized by the US taxpayer for over five billion dollars per year. Our corrupt government has been bought by special interests that learned how to corral the insatiable appetite of the Military Industrial Congressional and Media Complex for their EVIL and DIABOLICAL agenda

  • Goliath

    It may be partially about oil, but MOSTLY the wars are fought for ISRAEL. The military industrial complex needed an enemy after the end of the cold war. Israel has many enemies in the middle -east. It was a match made in HELL.

    Israel and it’s dual-citizen traitors did 9/11.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Control of oil, the lifeblood, along with war, is the heart of the 1%, but they may overplay their hand to cause catastrophe eventually.

  • Rachel

    According to Former Senator Ernest Hollings, in an op-ed piece first published in the Charleston Post and Courier on 10 May 2004, the common justification, used by both political parties in Washington, for the invasion, destruction and subjugation of Iraq was for the protection of Israel.

    As stated by Hollings, “Now everyone knows what was not the cause. Even President Bush acknowledges that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. Listing the 45 countries where al-Qaida was operating on September 11 (70 cells in the U.S.), the State Department did not list Iraq. Richard Clarke, in Against All Enemies, tells how the United States had not received any threat of terrorism for 10 years from Saddam at the time of our invasion. … Of course there were no weapons of mass destruction. Israel’s intelligence, Mossad, knows what’s going on in Iraq. They are the best. They have to know. Israel’s survival depends on knowing. Israel long since would have taken us to the weapons of mass destruction if there were any or if they had been removed. With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country? The answer: President Bush’s policy to secure Israel.”

    Hollings added, “there was a domino school of thought that the way to guarantee Israel’s security was to spread democracy in the area as purported by such extremist as chickenhawk-in-chief Paul Wolfowitz, neoconservative-nut job Richard Perle, and deranged warmonger Charles Krauthammer.”

    Holling further added that George W. Bush’s sole thought since taking office has been reelection, which would be secured by a radical tilt toward Israel by U.S. policymakers. Specifically he said, “Spreading democracy in the Mideast to secure Israel would take the Jewish vote from the Democrats. You don’t come to town and announce your Israel policy is to invade Iraq. But George W. Bush, as stated by former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and others, started laying the groundwork to invade Iraq days after inauguration. And, without any Iraq connection to 9/11, within weeks he had the Pentagon outlining a plan to invade Iraq. He was determined.”

    In the ensuing ten years, nothing has changed. More wars have been fought for Israels benefit. Administrations change but the genuflection to Israeli lobby continues.

    The world is flush with oil. Yet unending war has its own benefits and war for isreal is apparently even more lucrative.

  • Disasterjunkie

    The illegal invasion of sovereign nations (Iraq, Libya) and mass genocide of its population
    & future generations (Depleted Uranium) to gain control of its
    natural resources is an insult to the fundamentals of Democracy.

    Voting is an illusion of choice bc unaccountable large corporations have effectively replaced the government in setting policy and making decisions. They manipulate, infiltrate, control,
    bribe, are contracted by, or otherwise function as the government.

    Welcome to the fascist Dystopian United States of America, where citizens roll over on command.

 

 

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