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“I think it’s very nice of us, we have our Fifth Fleet over there making sure the waters are nice and calm,” Trump said. “I’ve said it a thousand times … we shouldn’t have been there, but if we’re there, take the oil. Take the oil. At least pay back, at a minimum, pay back — take the oil. Well guess what? China is taking the oil (NYT), but they didn’t have to fight.”
Read between the lines. Trump is conceding that America went into Iraq, not because of the brutality of Saddam Hussein, not to bring democracy, but because international oil companies and their allies in the Bush administration brazenly wanted Iraq's oil. Proponents of the Iraq war were willing to kill 100,000+ Iraqis for oil, essentially to keep the price of gas low in the US. President Bush and cronies claimed high-minded, humanitarian values, but Trump is saying the war was really about blood for oil.
- Opening up Iraq to foreign oil companies was main goal of Iraq War
- Plans for Western oil exploration in Iraq were drawn up years before 2003 invasion
- Bush administration pressured Iraqi government to pass law allowing foreign firms in
- Chuck Hagel in 2007: "People say we're not fighting for oil. Of course we are."
Iraq's oil production has increased by more than 40% in the past five years to 3 million barrels of oil a day (still below the 1979 high of 3.5 million set by Iraq's state-owned companies), but a full 80% of this is being exported out of the country while Iraqis struggle to meet basic energy consumption needs. GDP per capita has increased significantly yet remains among the lowest in the world and well below some of Iraq's other oil-rich neighbors. Basic services such as water and electricity remain luxuries, while 25% of the population lives in poverty.... Yes, the Iraq War was a war for oil, and it was a war with losers: the Iraqi people and all those who spilled and lost blood so that Big Oil could come out ahead.