16 September 2007

What is the Matter With Conservatives?

'I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient
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."

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Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

The wording of the headline is bit underhanded: "Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil" Huh? What do they mean by "admit"? Was he involved in the Iraqi war planning to the capacity that he can admit to anything? The only people who can ADMIT to what this war is about are the folks of Bush's inner circle.

16 September, 2007 19:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Up to 1.2 million dead" in Iraq because of the conflict? The whole country has an estimated 26 million people. 10% of the Russian population perished in WW2 and they were the nation that suffered the worst in the most devastating conflict to date. I don't buy this number.

17 September, 2007 09:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the evidence for this?

I say again: Where is the evidence for this?

Its just a boring Left Wing mantra, constantly repeated to gain some moral/intellectual leverage, for which there is *no* evidence.

All the Left Wing sheep said the same thing about Afghanistan: "oil!", they bleated, in sheep-like chorus, forgetting that such remarks have to actually be substantiated.

07 October, 2007 06:26  

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