A reader sends a complaint, but I don’t agree

Wolfowitz admits: Iraq war was about oil

Oil was the main reason for military action against Iraq, according to U.S. deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz, confirming the worst fears of those opposed to the US-led war.

Pretty blunt about it, too.

Asked why a nuclear power such as North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq, where hardly any weapons of mass destruction had been found, the deputy defence minister said: “Let’s look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Except I wouldn’t have been willing to send America’s sons and daughters to fight and die for the economic interests of the U.S. oil monopolies.

I haven’t been following the career of Wolfowitz in the press. Seems like every other day he’s quoted as saying something somebody takes as extremely damning, and then a bunch of people rush out and say he was misquoted. I have no idea if this is one of those times or not.

At any rate, if the quote is accurate, I don’t think it’s particularly damning. I’m one of those people who thought that the threat to the world’s economic carotid artery *was* a sufficient reason to go to war–assuming the existence of the WMDs which, so far, don’t seem to be putting in much of an appearance.