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Thursday, March 24, 2005

All about Bush and Oil?

Gary Bramstedt makes more claims that Iraq is about oil, March 24, 2005.
From the beginning of Bush's first term and earlier, the invasion of Iraq was a major goal with oil as a main ingredient. Meetings with mapping of Iraq's oil fields and exploration areas listing companies that might be interested. Documents like "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts." Plans for how the world's second largest oil reserve might be divided among the world's contractors.

Don't take my word for it, do a Google search on "Paul O'Neill." Then you decide.
Mr Bramstedt should have spent a little more time searching on the web. O'Neill took back his Iraq allegations in a 01.12.04 Reuters story: Link to story, no longer availalbe, but found info at Daniel Drenzners web log archives.
"People are trying to say that I said the president was planning war in Iraq early in the administration. Actually there was a continuation of work that had been going on in the Clinton administration with the notion that there needed to be a regime change in Iraq." [Emphasis added]

Asked about his comment that during Cabinet meetings Bush was like "a blind man in a room full of deaf people," O'Neill said he regretted some of the language he used to describe his former boss.
O’Neill was a loose cannon, that never learned his job as the Treasury Secretary, or he would still be in office. He spend more time traveling around the world with Bono than he did learning his job as a Cabinet Member.

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