Turns out it was after all.
The only people to have benefited from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq have been the oil companies. Not only has the war and the insecurity that it has brought ensured rocketing higher prices that have given the oil companies massive profits at the expense of the lives of millions of people but now the control of the source of the oil in Iraq is about to be handed over to US and allied oil companies.
Andrew Kramer of The New York Times writes, ‘There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract.’ Well, it seems their suspicions were well founded.
Kramer goes on; ‘The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to combat terrorism.’ The war against the Iraqi people was never about ‘terrorism’; it was about Saddam Hussein being an immediate threat to the world and having WMDs which we were told he was able to use against the West within 45 minutes notice to his generals.
Kramer continues: ‘It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.’ It seems perfectly clear to me. The Iraqi puppet government, bribed and bought by the US, have had no choice other than to award these ‘no-bid’ contracts to US and allied oil companies. They would never have gone to Chinese or Russian companies even if they had bid more for them.
Little of the wealth that these contracts bring will see its way back to the Iraqi people. Big Oil will take the lions share and then some will find its way back to their corrupt minions and puppets in the Iraq government leaving just a few crumbs for the Iraq people.
Oil? What oil?