The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Iraq War — How And Why Did It Really Start?

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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  1. What’s the overall objective in the middle east for those that want to dominate it? That’s what I’d like to hear from either of you.

    I see 2 plausible explanations: 1, to control the Oil and 2, to protect Israel.

    You bring up the quote of Alan Greenspan and dismiss it as a valid reason for the invasion of Iraq.

    In March 2003, Tony Blair complained in Parliament that “people falsely claim that we want to seize” Iraq’s oil revenues, adding that they should be put in a trust fund for the Iraqi people administered through the UN. Britain should seek a Security Council resolution that would affirm “the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people”.

    Instead Britain co-sponsored with Spain Security Council resolution 1483 that gave the IMF and World bank control over Iraq’s oil revenues. There is no UN-administered trust fund.

    5% of Iraq’s oil earnings would be used to pay for the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 in accordance with UN resolution 687.

    The US wrote the Iraqi Oil Law of 2007 which if it had been passed, would have given 17 oil fields to the (INOC) Iraqi National Oil Company and 80 to foreign companies which was of course rejected by the Iraqis themselves.

    With proven reserves of 143 billion barrels, the US/UK estimate there could be 220 to 300 billion barrels of oil underneath Iraq worth in excess of $30 trillion so would it really be cheaper to buy it?

    Yes, Iraq was an enemy of Israel, undoubtedly the invasion and removal of Saddam Hussein was beneficial to Israel… but even though the US/UK didn’t get the oil deal they wanted, among other western companies BP, Shell, ExxonMobil are still making lots of money there and to me that’s largely what it’s about for these people involved, making a lot of money. The oil revenues can pay for reconstruction and security.

    US are now deploying troops into African nations under AFRICOM which again is just about exploiting that continent and it’s people.

    What I’d like to know is, are the US using Israel as an excuse to establish a presence in the middle east or do Israelis really control US foreign policy? It seems to be a bit of both.

    lorenzo_roberts

    March 24, 2013 at 2:27 am

  2. Great interview. And in response to the first comment: Representatives of the U.S. oil industry had been solid in opposing the sanctions on Iraq, which had kept them out of that country. After George W. Bush assumed the presidency in 2001, they lobbied hard for a repeal of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and other sanctions that curbed their expansion of holdings in the Middle East. That put them at loggerheads with the neoconservatives, who for years had been calling for regime change in Iraq.

    Individuals connected with oil, such as the elder Bush and his cronies (e.g., Brent Scowcroft and James Baker), were cool toward or opposed to the war on Iraq and the continued occupation. In fact, it would seem that the individuals tied to oil were very much concerned that the destabilizing aspects of war would be harmful to oil production, and, in fact, harmful to the economies of the US and the industrial world.

    Moreover, the US never made plans to dominate Iraq to the extent that would be necessary to control its oil for the geostrategic and military benefit of the US at the expense of Iraq’s economic interests; it was inevitable that an Iraqi government would sell oil leases to the highest bidder. In my book “The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle , and the National Interest of Israel,” I devote a chapter to refuting the oil argument and the entire book to illustrating the role of the neocons in leading the US into war and their connection to the Israeli Right.

    Stephen Sniegoski

    March 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  3. Here’s another source that says the same thing.

    The report, titled “The War in Iraq: An Intelligence Failure?” was written by Shlomo Brom, a brigadier general in the Israeli army reserves, and said what no one seems to have dared publish since President George W. Bush decided to wage war on Iraq. Shockingly, it told the full truth about the American and British intelligence “sources” making the case for war.

    In fact, according to Brom, these sources were utterly compromised by Israeli intelligence, which made the case for starting the war and kept it going as long as necessary. The retired general described Israel as a “full partner” in U.S. and British intelligence failures that exaggerated Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs in the lead up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Can be found here:
    http://www.inss.org.il/experts.php?cat=0&incat=&staff_id=9

    Zaur Ben Zvi

    March 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  4. Hi! Zaur Ben Zvi

    The article you referenced was a pretty good read.
    http://www.inss.org.il/publications.php?cat=21&incat=&read=678

    Calm

    Calm CalmCalm

    March 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

  5. I think the Iraq war was fought in order to maintain the “Capitalist System” and for the need to maintain the present “World System” and not so much for the “single” entity named Israel.

    If it can be said that the Iraq war was fought for Israel, it is only because Jewish persons represent or control a huge segment of the “Capitalist System”.

    The Capitalist System is not homogeneous but the “Motivations” of each segment of the Capitalist System are identical.

    The Capitalist System involves a process of leadership, control, and influence and operates within a strategy of “Creative Destruction” and thus all the wars and mayhem.

    As the United States continues to weaken and where China begins to take it’s role upon the world stage, there is a constant and continuous struggle for the Capitalists to maintain primacy with capital accumulation.

    Calm

    Calm CalmCalm

    March 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm


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