Iraq – the decade of silent media. Yes it was over Oil. While the US media has remained silent others have not. Here is a tidbit worth reading from Glen Greenwald of the UK guardian, David Frum, the Iraq war and oil.
In this article Frum, a former Bush speechwriter, confirms the war was over oil. More importantly since Frum really had no authority despite being an “insider” is his take on how anyone who spoke about the war being over oil were attacked and discredited. In some points Frum plays a sort of revisionist history regarding his own role so Greenwald does several followups of his own with pretty revealing updates. What we see assembled via Greenwald are comments from senior leaders – Gen John Abaizade former US CENTCOM Commander with responsibility for Iraq:
“Of course it’s about oil, it’s very much about oil, and we can’t really deny that. From the standpoint of a solider who’s now fought in the middle east for six years – my son-in-law’s fought there for four years, my daughter’s been over there, my son has served the nation – my family has been fighting for a long time.”
And then there is Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel from 2007:
“People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America’s national interest. What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.”
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan added in his 2007 book:
“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”
So in spite of our British friends speaking a form of English verses American, they do seem to be able to speak the truth. Truths we all know now, but our media is either ashamed or afraid to say out loud.