What is the Matter With Conservatives?
to acknowledge what everyone knows:
the Iraq war is largely about oil.'
~ Alan Greenspan
According to The Guardian, this passage appears in the imminent Greenspan memoire. I suppose we ought to be grateful that someone is saying what everyone thinks. So, what is wrong with this admission? Well, what Greenspan laments is not that BushCo went to war for oil, but that it is "politically inconvenient" to say so out loud. Next thing you know, the knuckle-draggers on the right will be blaming the Iraq fiasco on the "liberals" because, if only the administration hadn't had to worry about admitting what it really is up to they wouldn't have had to lie about it and then spin in circles trying to make sense of the lies. Of course, that still wouldn't have made the war any less of a fiasco. It would only make it plain why we'd gotten ourselves into the current mess in the first place.
N.B.: The same Guardian story reports on this poll conducted by the British company ORB that estimates the war-related death toll for Iraqi civilians at "1,220,580 deaths since the invasion in 2003."