"The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed.
Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protestors claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.In fact there were two conflicting plans, setting off a hidden policy war between neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, on one side, versus a combination of "Big Oil" executives and US State Department "pragmatists."
.... The industry-favored plan was pushed aside by yet another secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq's oil fields. The new plan, crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq's oil to destroy the Opec cartel through massive increases in production above Opec quotas. The sell-off was given the green light in a secret meeting in London headed by Ahmed Chalabi
(my italics) shortly after the US entered Baghdad...
… Ari Cohen, of the neo-conservative Heritage Foundation, told Newsnight that an opportunity had been missed to privatize Iraq's oil fields. He advocated the plan as a means to help the US defeat Opec, and said America should have gone ahead with what he called a "no-brainer" decision.
… "Many neo-conservatives are people who have certain ideological beliefs about markets, about democracy, about this that and the other. International oil companies without exception are very pragmatic commercial organizations. They don't have a theology."SECRET U.S. PLANS FOR IRAQI OIL
March,17, 2005The BBC video
This year, as happened last year, almost none of Kirkuk's oil will reach the international market.
Incessant sabotage of the northern oil pipeline by insurgents has all but sealed it off from its export terminal in Turkey. Before the U.S.-led invasion, the line handled around 750,000 barrels a day.
Across Iraq, insurgents have battered oil installations with an average of two dozen blasts a day.
(my italics, and below comment)Iraq's oil sector still limping two years after war
March 16, 2005There have been 216 reported attacks (till now) on Iraqi pipelines, oil installations, and oil personnel. As with other Resistance news, many similar attacks are probably not reported in corporate news media.See also my previous post on:Iraqi oil (sp)oil .... and it may well get spoiled
February 15, 2005"Now that we missed privatizing the Iraqi oil ...