BREMER: I had been told we had to get the oil going because it was an oil-dominated economy. This was fairly straightforward. Unless you can get the oil going, you can`t get the economy going.
MADDOW: What Bremer and his team find when they get into Iraq is an oil infrastructure decimated by decades of war, sanctions, and corruption.
ROB MCKEE, COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY: I was shocked when I got there about how undercapitalized it had been, how neglected it was.
BREMER: The oil fields were being held together by baling wire and duct tape, in some cases literally duct tape.
MADDOW: The day after Bremer arrives in Baghdad, the Bush administration draws up secret policy guidelines, which are later declassified, stating that the coalition will move to privatize state-owned enterprises in Iraq, including the oil industry.
BREMER: Oil was the lifeblood of the Iraqi economy. You got to get the oil going if you`re going to get the economy going. It was not something we were going for selfish American reasons or because we wanted more oil on the world market or all of these fantasies that people dream up. We were doing it because we were the Iraqi government." MSNBC
It has been my contention for a decade that the neocon drive to invade Iraq and revolutionize the Middle East has to be seen against a long US policy of maintaining energy flows out of the Gulf (that Gulf). That does not mean that the decision to invade Iraq was made by nefarious oil industry interests rather than by the Bush/neocon government.
It should be remembered that Saddam would have been more than happy to have UN/US sanctions against Iraqi oil production and exports relaxed so that Iraq could earn foreign exchange.
Maddow and MSNBC are relentlessly Left and anti-capitalist. She, Isikoff and Corn take every opportunity in this production to exonerate the neocons and blame the war on business. pl