Monday, March 24, 2008

What it's all about

What It's All About
I was driving along, listening to NPR's Talk of the Nation, marveling at how the war machine just keeps humming along on its seemingly inexorable course after U.S. fatalities hit the 4,000 mark. A heart-broken father who lost his son called in, his voice trembling with rage at Bush and Cheney. Taking Bush and Cheney's words at face value, his son had volunteered to help find those non-existent weapons of mass destruction and paid with his life. His father accused the two leaders who had avoided Vietnam service of all too casually starting their own war. Before the caller's rage could really register, host Neal Conan smoothly moved on to more upbeat calls about lives lost but not wasted.

That's when I saw this reminder of what it's all about. Don't take my word for it. Read Alan Greenspan's book.
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."
We don't just pay at the pump.


Dr Bud Diablo, Halliburton shareholder said...

Greenspan, whom you derided just a couple of posts ago, didn't "reveal" the truth any more than he was previously concealing it. The erstwhile Fed czar played no special role in forging foreign policy and has no special knowledge in this area. Greenspan is simply expressing an opinion held by many, particularly those cynics who think it's always all about money.

Greenspan should host a cable talk show with Warren Buffet--another old gasbag who loves the limelight and is often good for a pronouncement well outside his area of expertise.

Madison Guy said...

Greenspan played no special role in connection with Iraq? I suppose that might be just another example of the monumental incompetence of the Bush administration, but I still find it hard to believe. Normally, when a country goes to war, its central banker is involved, especially a war as heavily financed by debt as this one has been. Presumably it was his job to know a thing or two about what was going on, given the impact of both the war and oil prices on the economy.

cathy said...

Warren Buffet's area of expertise is making bags of money. There is very little Bush/Cheney behavior that falls outside of that area.