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Hagel: War for Oil

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In a post yesterday waxing enthusiastic about Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, Michael Moore called attention to a statement of Hagel that I don’t believe had been previously much noted. Here it is, from September 2007:

“People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are,” said the Republican Senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel to law students of Catholic University last September. “They talk about America’s national interest. What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.”

This rounds out a Hagelian worldview—but I also wonder if it could be the straw that breaks the back of Hagel’s chances. It’s true that senators have been notified in the last few days that Hagel is the likely choice. But the latest AP story has the Obama administration keeping the door open for the president to go in a different direction:  “White House aides said the president has not made a final decision on either post and won’t until he returns from Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family. Obama is due back in Washington Sunday morning.” Now, when Obama returns, he’ll have to come to grips with the Hagel war-for-oil statement.

After all, this vulgar and disgusting charge has always been out of even the anti-war mainstream. It’s something President Obama, an opponent of the Iraq war, has never (to my knowledge) said. Obama thought the war a mistake for various reasons. But he never bought in to the far-left trope that it was, secretly, a war for oil.

What’s more, isn’t Hagel’s statement a direct attack on the motives and honesty of those senators who supported the war—including Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry? Indeed, what does it say about Chuck Hagel, who voted to authorize the war in October 2002? He knew it was a war for oil, didn’t say so at the time, but voted for it anyway? And then, a few years later, at the height of the fighting by American soldiers in Iraq, he proclaims with false braggadocio the alleged truth that it’s all just a war for oil?

Is President Obama really going to nominate this man as secretary of defense?

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5 Comments on "Hagel: War for Oil"

  1. Arthur on Sat, 5th Jan 2013 8:51 pm 

    The WS wants to peddle the story that the US invaded Iraq for ‘non-vulgar’ reasons, vaguely suggesting they were there for humanitarian reasons, bringing democracy, etc., etc.

    The WS is neocon central, THE major proponent for the invasion, supporting all the lies that were fabricated to create the pretext… Niger uranium yellow cake, aledged meetings between Atta and Iraqi agents in Prague, WMD lies.

    It is true, direct access to oil was not the most important reason for the invasion. The most important reason was ‘securing the realm’, meaning systematically attacking all those parties with an attitude against a certain ‘shitty little country’, as a french ambassador put it. And yes, building military bases in the region was an important motive as well, so securing long term access to oil was a motive after all. The idea was to add Iraq as another oilrich satellite, but boy did that go wrong. Thank to the WS, think tanks, media and other kosher bullwarks, the US taxpayer was saddled with another 3-5 trillion debt, thousands of soldiers killed as well as hundreds of thousands or Iraqis, mainly because of tribal violence, unleashed through the invasion. And Iraq was de facto handed over to Iran.

    Let’s hope that Obama will mimick the behaviour of Putin and strike at those who brought him to power, The Lobby. Hagel becoming DoD secretary would be a very nice start and should lead to further downsizing of the zionist imposters, culminating in a real independent 9/11 inquiry, that should lead to the highly desirable downfall of these people.

    Monday we will know. Do not be surprised if shortly afterwards all sorts of certificates will pop up concerning Obama’s birth (he was born in a hospital in Kenia but registered a few days later in Hawaii) to punish him.

  2. IanC on Sat, 5th Jan 2013 9:10 pm 

    Why would this disqualify Hagel? To me, it’s a refreshing hint at the truth behind the USA’s military policy. “National Interests” = access to Fossil Fuels. All else flows from cheap energy.

  3. GregT on Sat, 5th Jan 2013 11:08 pm 

    Anyone who thinks that the senate didn’t know that the Iraq war was about oil, is delusional.

  4. Feemer on Sun, 6th Jan 2013 12:42 am 

    the iraq war was positively about oil

  5. BillT on Sun, 6th Jan 2013 2:11 am 

    Israel is a major reason why we are in the Middle East. We had the oil we needed and could have negotiated for the oil in other countries. All we wanted to pay for. But Israel is on a holy war and will use anyone to accomplish their goals.

    The City, more commonly known as the Rothschild Agenda, is behind world government as they want to own/control it all.

    There were several reasons Iraq happened. The main one was; Saddam was selling oil for Euros and other currencies, taking the petro-dollar out of the equation. That could have taken down the holy dollar and wrecked the Western world economy, i.e., the City and it’s power over the nations of the world.

    Ditto for Gaddafi in Libya.
    Ditto for Iran.

    But, the West has forced Iran to deal in other than dollars for trade and is doing what the City is trying to prevent, trading in other than dollars. China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and other countries have all begun non-dollar trade, so the end is in sight for the dollar and globalization.

    It’s complicated, but that is my observation, at this point.

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