Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Real Reasons

Taking a break from the posts with beautiful children. After all, we have to make this world a better place for them by exposing the ugliness of the current administration.

From The Public Record:

"Two years before the invasion of Iraq, oil executives and foreign policy advisers told the Bush administration that the United States would remain “a prisoner of its energy dilemma” as long as Saddam Hussein was in power.

That April 2001 report, “Strategic Policy Challenges for the 21st Century,” was prepared by the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy and the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney.

In retrospect, it appears that the report helped focus administration thinking on why it made geopolitical sense to oust Hussein, whose country sat on the world’s second largest oil reserves.“Iraq remains a de-stabilizing influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East,” the report said.“Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets.

Therefore the U.S. should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/diplomatic assessments.”

I, like so many Americans believed the Administration's lies about spreading freedom around the world and the need to liberate the Iraqi people.

I believed they would find weapons of mass destruction there.

I believed Colin Powell and Condi Rice.

I was duped.

Unfortunately, there are too many citizens that continue to believe lies even when the truth is staring them in the face.

The president, our president, lied to us and started a war that has killed thousands of our young men and women. Not to mention innocent Iraqi men, women and children.

And, for what.

OIL. Not for some lofty ideal of democracy and freedom.

He did it for oil. For profits.

It makes me sick to my stomach.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look I don't usually speak up, but I don't think anything in life is that simple and here's why. If we get snippets of information from various places, we are still not getting the entire truth at once. If this was indeed all about oil, then it seems it would be very easy for the next president to immediately begin removing our troops from Iraq. Instead we are hearing from both candidates that leaving Iraq immediately is not as simple as previously thought. It's not simple....nothing really is, it is? cs

12:13:00 AM  
Blogger godfreysmama said...

It won't be easy for the next president to remove the troops immediately. Bush has made so many mistakes there. For example, thinking the Iraqi people would welcome us with open arms. And another would be dismantling the Iraqi army, thereby giving thousands of young iraqi soldiers no income and nothing better to do than join the insurgency.
No...the president has made such a mess of things it will not be easy for Obama to get us out of there.
And McCain won't even try.

7:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interesting thing is I'm hearing the candidates talk more about issues in the US (fuel, economy, etc.) than Iraq. Maybe that's because neither really know what they can do about Iraq until they get in the White House. Don't you think that everything being said on the campaign trail is assumption until they are 'walking in the presidential shoes'. Campaigning is so frustrating especially with the last two presidents not telling the complete truth (I'm seeing a pattern here....) My logical and pessimistic side is saying the two campaigning right now aren't telling the complete truth either. Perhaps it's because neither has the power right now to get all the facts; only time will tell. cs

2:39:00 PM  

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