Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Stating the obvious

Paul "The Mouth" Wolfowitz is giving Richard Pearle a run for his money in the race for Bush official with the most diarrhetic mouth.
Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil George Wright Wednesday June 4, 2003 Oil was the main reason for military action against Iraq, a leading White House hawk has claimed, confirming the worst fears of those opposed to the US-led war. The US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz - who has already undermined Tony Blair's position over weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by describing them as a "bureaucratic" excuse for war - has now gone further by claiming the real motive was that Iraq is "swimming" in oil. The latest comments were made by Mr Wolfowitz in an address to delegates at an Asian security summit in Singapore at the weekend, and reported today by German newspapers Der Tagesspiegel and Die Welt. Asked why a nuclear power such as North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq, where hardly any weapons of mass destruction had been found, the deputy defence minister said: "Let's look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."
The U.S. media will, of course, ignore this story. But, coming on top of the current firestorm in Britain, I definitely would not want to be in Tony Blair's shoes at this time. Update: Looks like Wolfowitz might have been taken out of context. The Left Coaster has more.


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