Wednesday June 4, 2003
Marcus Clark

Oil was the main reason for military action against Iraq. Paul Wolfowitz has finally come out with the magic word: "OIL".

In an address to delegates in Singapore at the weekend he answered a question about why North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq. Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defence minister said, "Let's look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."

Last month in an interview with Vanity Fair about why Iraq was attacked, he said that "for reasons that have a lot to do with the US government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on: weapons of mass destruction."

Defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, had already undermined the British government's position by saying Saddam Hussein may have destroyed his banned weapons before the war.

During an interview on 9 May 03 Wolfowitz said that on 13 September 2001, during a meeting at Camp David with President Bush, Rumsfeld and others in the Bush administration discussed with President Bush the prospects of launching an attack against Iraq, for no apparent reason other than a "gut feeling" Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

So in a nutshell:
The war was planned on 13 September, 2001
The reason for the war was control of oil.
The excuse was that there were heaps of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which Saddam was just itching to use against everyone.
Rumsfeld now says that one day they will be found ("it won't happen overnight, but it will happen" -- even if he has to ship some in from the US).

But when in a corner Donald Rumsfeld says that maybe the WMD were destroyed before the war.

Back at the ranch: the US now has control over the pumping and selling of the second largest reserves of oil in the world. And control over the rebuilding of Iraq, to be paid to US companies using Iraqi oil money. And guess who will set all the prices?

And the "Iraq government" is, hmmm, well to be selected by US officials. This is for the good of the Iraqi people, who are just not yet ready to make the leap to democracy and freedom that was talked about such a lot before the war. Yes siree, one day, when the time is right and all the contracts and officials are in place, it might be handed over to uh a ... sort of democracy.

Rule one, only hold elections when the likely winner is pro-American, pro-big business.

"And on the whole, it was a very good year -- for the undertaker"
    Smackwater Jack, Carol King.