Cheney’s Oil Law For Iraq Is Neocolonial Theft

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Global Research, October 8, 2007
Although a great deal more is at stake in the Iraq war than oil, there can be no doubt that the rich petroleum reserves of the country have stood high on the agenda of the war party since long before the 2003 invasion, and continue to be the focus of policy for the occupying powers.

Alan Greenspan, of all people, recently let the cat out of the bag, when he reported in his autobiography, The Age of Turbulence, that the war was “largely about oil.” Brenan Nelson, the Minister of Defense of Australia, one of the “coalition of the willing,” also admitted this when he stated on July 5, that “resource security” was one of his country’s priorities for defense and security, and that Iraq was part of that equation.

On one level, this motivation for the war, as summed up in the anti-war movement’s slogan, “No blood for oil,” is all too facile; the deeper reasons behind the invasion must be sought in the neoconservatives’ longterm strategic aim to destroy Russia and China, as perceived economic-political threats.

As outlined in a series of strategic doctrines drafted by various task forces under the direction of Dick Cheney, from 1991 to 2002, the neocons asserted the right of the United States, as the (in their eyes) sole remaining superpower after the collapse of communism, to intervene with preemptive wars, including with nuclear weapons, against any nation or group of nations which the U.S. perceived to constitute a potential threat against its hegemony. Iraq did not and does not represent such a threat, but Russia, China, and India, especially if allied, do.

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