Tuesday, September 24, 2002

We're not in it for the oil, oh no.

Peter Maas's blog points to an article that clarifies what's in store for the disruptive Europeans that dare oppose the Imperial orders:

As The Washington Post helpfully explains, countries that support the invasion will find their oil companies rewarded with reconstruction and exploration contracts. Governments that drag their heels or oppose the U.S. will be shut out of a country that holds the world's largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia. James Woolsey, the former CIA director, is blunt about the situation: "France and Russia have oil companies and interests in Iraq. They should be told that if they are of assistance in moving Iraq toward decent government, we'll do the best we can to ensure that the new government and American companies work closely with them...If they throw in their lot with Saddam, it will be difficult to the point of impossible to persuade the new Iraqi government to work with them."

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