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Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan Says Iraq War About Oil

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, September 16, 2007

 

Brendan Nicholson
September 17, 2007

 

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite

IT HAS been blindingly obvious to everyone except Prime Minister John Howard and some of his senior ministers that oil has a lot to do with the war in Iraq.

Mr Howard has vigorously denied that that was the case, but now no less an authority than former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan says that is what the war is mainly about.

In a new book, Dr Greenspan says he is saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge “what everyone knows: the Iraq War is largely about oil”.

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“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Alan Greenspan (lifelong Republican) – September 2007

“The Republicans in Congress lost their way. They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose.” Alan Greenspan (lifelong Republican) – September 2007

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Obama Says No To Use of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons in any circumstance to fight terrorism.

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Poll: 54% Lack Confidence in Bush’s Ability As Commander in Chief

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

More than half (55%) of Americans said they oppose the war in Iraq, while 44% say they support it. While the vast majority of Democrats are in opposition to the war in (93%), slightly more than half of independents (55%) and just 14% of Republicans take the same stance.

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Viewers Agree With Barack Obama on Foreign Policy

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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CLINTON VS. OBAMA: Hillary Clinton Flips

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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George Bush’s Lawless Actions

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

President George Bush has flouted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in intercepting the conversations and e-mails of American citizens on American soil on his say-so alone. He has claimed authority to break into and enter American homes, open the mail of American citizens and commit torture in order to collect foreign intelligence.The most troubling of Bush’s abuses travels under the banner of “extraordinary rendition.”

He has insisted that the entire United States is a battlefield — even pizza parlors …

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Conservative Scholar Seeks To Impeach President Bush

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

On the July 13 edition of Bill Moyers Journal, conservative constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who prepared articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, and Nation Washington Correspondent John Nichols agreed that there is a substantial case for impeaching President Bush.

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Barack Obama Against Dumb War in Iraq

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 29, 2007

Remarks by Illinois State Senator Barack Obama
October 2, 2002

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don’t oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don’t oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income – to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the middle east, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the President today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let’s fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn’t simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not — we will not — travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.—–

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