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March 16, 2013

Cheney Spent "Long Hours" Discussing Iraq as Delicious "Additional Source of Oil"

This is from a new article by David Frum, the Bush administration speechwriter who coined the term "axis of evil":

I was less impressed by Chalabi than were some others in the Bush administration. However, since one of those “others” was Vice President Cheney, it didn’t matter what I thought. In 2002, Chalabi joined the annual summer retreat of the American Enterprise Institute near Vail, Colorado. He and Cheney spent long hours together, contemplating the possibilities of a Western-oriented Iraq: an additional source of oil, an alternative to U.S. dependency on an unstable-looking Saudi Arabia....

Over the past 10 years, there have been few days when the war in Iraq was absent from my thoughts. People often ask me whether I have regrets. It seems absurdly presumptuous to answer the question. I could have set myself on fire in protest on the White House lawn and the war would have proceeded without me.

Yeah, there's no way that somebody like Frum could have changed anything if he'd revealed Cheney's deep interest in Iraqi oil. Poor David was utterly powerless.

This was Dennis Kucinich and Richard Perle on Meet the Press, February 23, 2003:

MR. RUSSERT: Congressman, you made a very strong charge against the administration and let me show you what you said on January 19. "Why is the Administration targeting Iraq? Oil." What do you base that on?

REP. KUCINICH: I base that on the fact that there is $5 trillion worth of oil above and in the ground in Iraq, that individuals involved in the administration have been involved in the oil industry, that the oil industry certainly would benefit from having the administration control Iraq, and that the fact is that, since no other case has been made to go to war against Iraq, for this nation to go to war against Iraq, oil represents the strongest incentive...

MR. PERLE: It is a lie, Congressman. It is an out and out lie.

And here's Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen soon afterwards explaining that Kucinich was an "indomitable demagogue":

"Liar" is a word rarely used in Washington...So it was particularly shocking, not to mention refreshing, to hear Richard Perle on Sunday call Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) a liar to his face...

Kucinich himself seemed only momentarily fazed by Perle's sharp right to his integrity and went on, indomitable demagogue that he seems to be, to maintain that the coming war with Iraq will be fought to control that nation's oil...How did this fool get on "Meet the Press"?

P.S. In 2004, David Frum co-authored a book with Richard Perle called An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.

—Jon Schwarz

Posted at March 16, 2013 05:27 PM

I guess 2 dollars a barrel was too cheap for U&I&Deadeye.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 16, 2013 06:00 PM

When "Big Daddy 41" was Chief, Ole Deadeye was hanging around then too. I just imagine he got his epiphany about Iraq long before Vail 2002.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 16, 2013 06:10 PM

On a lighter note, VOTE FOR JEB 2016.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 16, 2013 06:18 PM


Posted by: Davis iw at March 17, 2013 02:13 AM

IIRC the iraqi idiocracy in london was telling any reporter who'd listen to them that they'd toss all saddam's oil agreements as soon as they were in control.

it wasn't even a BAD secret.

Posted by: hapa at March 18, 2013 02:27 AM

The most obscene statement in the article is this:

For a long time, war with Iraq was discussed inside the Bush administration as something that would be decided at some point in the future; then, somewhere along the way, war with Iraq was discussed as something that had already been decided long ago in the past.

At no point, was there an actual decision made ... just change the framing of the discussion.

Posted by: Michaeledward at March 19, 2013 09:00 AM

cohen is a turd, but in a way frum is right that he couldn't have stopped the Iraq war, because if he could have done that, he wouldn't be frum.

people generally hate other people who make them feel guilty more than they hate people who make them feel morally superior. thus dennis Kucinich is and will be more hated than dick cheney in many circles. so it goes

also explains why liberals commonly hate radicals or socialistic types like Kucinich more than they hate some of the cryptofascist types running most of the military, intel, law enforcement, and national security braches of our media-savvy but vicious leviathan

Posted by: N E at March 22, 2013 10:53 AM