The role of oil in the attack upon Iraq
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- U.S. considers seizing revenues to pay for
occupation, source says
- By Knut Royce, Newsday, 10
January 2003. Bush administration officials are seriously
considering proposals that the United States tap
Iraq’s oil to help pay the cost of a military
occupation, a move that likely would prove highly
inflammatory in an Arab world already suspicious of
U.S. motives in Iraq.
- Foreign secretary admits oil central to war
- By Julie Hyland, World Socialist Web Site, 14 January
2003. Oil is a key factor in the UKs willingness to
participate in a US-led war against Iraq. A strategic
priority is to bolster the security of British and global
energy supplies. Government officials admit that oil is
the real reason for the war.
- US Begins Secret Talks to Secure
- By Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Julian Borger in
Washington, Terry Macalister and Ewen MacAskill, Guardian (UK), 23 January 2003. The
US military has drawn up detailed plans to secure and
protect Iraq’s oilfields. with war looming,
discussions in private have inevitably begun on the future
of the world’s second biggest oil reserves.
- US buys up Iraqi oil to stave off crisis:
Seizing reserves will be an allied priority if forces go
- By Faisal Islam and Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, The Observer, Sunday 26 January
2003. Facing its most chronic shortage in oil stocks for
27 years, the US has this month turned to an unlikely
source of help—Iraq. Weeks before a prospective
invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its
exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with
a debilitating strike in Venezuela.
- All Bush Wants is Iraqi Oil, Says
- Independent (Cape Town, SA),
30 January 2003. Former president Nelson Mandela said on
Thursday the United States was preparing to go to war
George Bush wants to get hold of the Iraqi
We must fight globalisation which is for the
high and mighty. Bush and Blair undermining the United
- Kirkuk: Mad race for a 10bn-barrel
- By Ian Urbina, Asia Times, 1
February 2003. One of the potentially hottest spots could
be the northern oil-rich and historically controversial
city of Kirkuk. Not only might this city witness a mad
dash on the part of the Turks, the Americans and the
Kurds, it could also face internal clashes as ethnic
groups take the chance to settle old scores.
- Proof—War on Iraq is for Oil
- The Insider 13 February
2003. The US government officially decided that the war on
Iraq was necessary six months before September 11th. The
one and only reason for this was to improve Western access
to Iraqi oil. The US government’s policy on Iraq can
only be explained by the people behind it, because it was
written by an elite group of wealthy oil men.
- The New Oil Order
- By Michael Renner, 20 February 2003. It is likely that a
U.S.-controlled Iraq will be the linchpin of a new order
in the world oil industry. Indeed, a war against Iraq may
well herald a major realignment of the Middle East power
balance. The Bush administration’s ties to the oil
and gas industry are pervasive.
- Is this war all about oil?
- By Anthony Sampson, The Evening
Standard (London), 11 March 2003. There remains
extraordinary uncertainty about which countries and
companies will gain the huge prizes after the war is won:
the access to Iraq’s enormous oil reserves. The Bush
administration makes no secret of its desire to break the
power of Opec, to bring down the oil price, and to lessen
the Americans’ dependence on Saudi Arabia.
- Oil firms ‘discuss Iraqi
- BBC News, Wednesday 12 March 2003. Oil firms BP and
Shell have confirmed they would be interested in
developing oil fields in Iraq, in the aftermath of any
potential war in the area and argues for what it calls a
level playing field in the event of post-war
development of Iraq’s oil fields.