Sunday, November 5, 2006
In his 2006 book, “American Theocracy,” conservative political writer Kevin Phillips makes the case the Bush administration invaded Iraq for oil. The administration — the first where the president, vice president and secretary of state are from big oil (Rice: director, Chevron Oil) — planned a 2001 invasion prior to 9/11.
The Global Policy Forum and others estimate “untapped” Iraqi oil costs $1 per barrel to produce, yielding profits estimated between $4 trillion and $5 trillion. Fifty years of production could yield $80 billion to $90 billion or more per year, far exceeding annual profits of Exxon/Mobil, ChevronTexaco, BP and Royal Dutch/Shell combined.
He writes that Saddam Hussein, on the verge of having oil sanctions lifted, intended to reward France, China and Russia with exclusive oil rights for violating sanctions and support in the U.N. Security Council.
Even Bob Woodward stated, “Rumsfeld wanted to go after Saddam immediately” (after 9/11).
Oil profit — not a popular foreign policy war rationale. Phillips says Bush, inventing facts, wrongfully invading a country, ignoring human and constitutional rights, painting anyone posing tough questions as “unpatriotic,” evidences the sophism.
Terrorism — convenient subterfuge for oil interests? We pray Phillips is wrong. With $5 trillion at stake, it may be naive thinking otherwise. Why is Bush’s Sen. Mike DeWine, an Intelligence Committee member, conspicuously quiet on the issue? Is it because DeWine received $400,000 from the oil and gas lobby? We should demand under-oath answers. Sherrod Brown and a Democrat majority will get them.
DONALD SINGER, CANTON