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Monday, September 05, 2005


With the proliferation of on-line articles, someone at some time has described every conceivable scenario under any number of circumstances which just happened to match some current situation (NOLO). But when it also happens to match an already ongoing alternate universe scenario (Iraq war), and when we finally hear the the admission of the true rationale (Oil), we have hit some sort of crossroads:
By this time, every excuse for his war in Iraq having peeled away (the al-Qaeda connection, the wmds, even "freedom"), he finally arrived at a new explanation for why we were there. It was... oil -- or to be more exact, an oil fantasy. ("If Zarqawi and bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks; they'd seize oil fields to fund their ambitions; they could recruit more terrorists by claiming an historic victory over the United States and our coalition.")
That quote will come in handy, even though the Bush admission got buried in the debris of the hurricane.

Link from Wolcott.


Professor Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that what Bush said was basically "we cannot afford to lose". The perspective of defeat was the issue. So the phase of desperation is in. And Bush is really desperate. The only reason he gave why the US would prevail was that Americans love "freedom". This is the standard argument of "we cannot lose because our cause ist just". The oil argument was no news. But that Bush in fact said that the US is losing the war is.

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