June 30th, 2008
02:40 PM ET

Was the Iraq war about oil all along?

Iraqi flags flutter at a new oil refinery plant in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, central Iraq. Click the Play Button to see what jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to the real reason for the Iraq war, we've pretty much heard it all: First it was WMD, then it was about the war on terror and removing Saddam Hussein, then it was about spreading democracy. But it was never about the oil.

Now, as Bill Moyers reported on PBS: "...one by one, these concocted rationales went up in smoke, fire and ashes. And now the bottom line turns out to be ... the bottom line. It is about oil."

More than 5 years after the start of the war, the U.S. has lost more than 4,100 troops, tens of thousands more are wounded for life, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead, millions more are displaced, and the U-S taxpayer is stuck with a bill that could top trillions of dollars. And, what about the oil? Well, it hit a new record high today of more than $143 a barrel. Gas prices are up almost 38% from a year ago.

The New York Times reports that the Bush administration played a key role in drawing up no-bid contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq. Critics accuse the administration of making sure Western companies get this access in the country that holds the third-largest oil reserves in the world. For example, Russian companies with experience in Iraq were hoping for contracts, but they're still waiting.

The White House denies steering the Iraqis toward any decisions. A State Department official says its advice was "not binding."

Here’s my question to you: Do you believe the Iraq war was about oil all along?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Andrew from Arnold, Missouri writes:
The war was always about the oil. When it became obvious that Saddam Hussein wasn't going to share his oil with us, we took him out.

Chris writes:
Are you serious? There is no doubt that the main reason for the Iraq war was because of oil. If you look at U.S. history, we don't go into wars unless somebody has done something to us or we have something to gain. We went into Iraq solely for the oil. If we truly cared about human rights, we would be getting rid of governments and imprisoning the people torturing and killing people in Africa.

Doris from Ojai, California writes:
No. According to those who worked closely with Bush, from day one, he wanted to get Saddam for putting a hit on his father.

Mike from Baltimore writes:
Jack, The obvious answer is yes, based on the fact that we have two heroes of Big Oil calling the shots from the White House.

Michael from Lorain, Ohio writes:
Whether the war was about oil or WMD makes no difference now. What the American people are mad about is the lack of accountability. We were told in part that Iraq had WMD and was a threat to our interests. Even though no WMD were found, nobody was held accountable for the mistakes/lies, and thanks to those people we have more than 4,000 dead and 30,000 wounded troops. Not to mention the extreme loss of civilians in Iraq.

Ryan writes:
I served in the Marine Corps for two tours in Iraq. Even though the missions were always under the heading of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), we would always call it Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL). Does that answer your question?

Joe from Ohio writes:
If it was, we're losing.

Filed under: Oil Prices • War in Iraq
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Sam, North Carolina

    Do you even have to ask? What else could it have been about? Al-quaida wasn't even associated with Iraq prior to the US invasion. And all that talk about Suddam Hussein was just a distraction.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  2. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, the war in Iraq has been based on selling our treasure and lives to corporate America, while destabilizing the Mid-East, for the sake of greed and power. Oil was just the lubricant for this process.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Linda in Florida


    June 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  4. RJ from Pennsylvania

    No. Bush was just bored and decided to attack Iraq.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  5. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Oil was a big part of it, but I think equally important to Bush was to conclude "unfinished" family business with Saddam.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  6. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Of course it was. That is why gas only costs us $1.50 per gallon now...

    June 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  7. JT in NYC

    Oil? What oil? You mean the stuff Rupert Murdock promised us would cost $20.00 a barrel? You mean the stuff that the Bush administration told us would pay for the cost of the war? If it was a war for oil, I think we need to rethink that Mission Accomplished statement. Otherwise it is going fine.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  8. Monica from Youngstown, Ohio


    June 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  9. Allen Lanai, Hawaii

    Only buffoons think the Iraq war was about oil. I wish it had been about oil! We could have taken control and established some law and order in the land. Oil could be flowing out right now.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    Of course it was. Before the invasion Sadaam had a long term deal with Russian Oil and exploration contracts with France and Turkey. As soon as Bush invaded those contracts were canceled. Now we have no bid contracts for the largest U.S. Oil companies And this is all completed before the oil men leave the white house. You can be sure the secretive long term protection agreement the Bush administration is negotiating will include protection of those oil interests.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  11. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    No. The war was the inevitable outcome of the Bush Administration's hyperbolic rhetoric and intelligence cherry picking designed to let little George Bush finish what his father started and also keep the 9-11 climate going into the 2004 election. The idiots in the Bush government kept the fervor going until they believed their own propaganda.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  12. Connie

    Jack, The war has killed more people in Iraq than Saddam Hussein every did , Haliburton has made billions and the big oil companies are fighting over control of the oil wells in Iraq. No Jack we just wanted to be liberators.
    President Barrack Hussein Obama 08

    Connie (Hussein) Sturgeon from Indiana

    June 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  13. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    What were the other multiple choice answers again?

    June 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Joy in Springfield, IL

    Besides being about the oil, it's other reason was to fatten the wallets of oil companies and Bush and Cheney's pals. The oil thing hasn't really worked out (or maybe it has, depending on your perspective) but the wallet fattening sure has.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  15. Terry in Hanover County

    Yes, John McCain said it was and even though he's tried to back pedal a bit on his statements, it's the truth. But it's also more than about oil; it's about making the rich richer, including W and his cronies, including Cheney, Halliburton, and the Big 4 Oil Companies. The cure to this problem would be a few years in jail for all these war profiteers. Sadly, Nancy Pelosi is either too stupid, too lazy, or just downright complicit in their crimes to do the right thing. I sure wish I voted in her district.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Merle Mpls


    Thousands of human lives mean NOTHING to those "cons" whose grubby hands are on the oil as we speak.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jenny Rome Ga


    No . It was about sand. Of course it was about oil and Sadaam Hussein having threatened George Senior a while back.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  18. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    $30 per barrel oil at that.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Thomas L, Greely

    Jack, there are two functioning industries in Iraq; oil production, and security for oil production. We sent in enough troops to secure the oil supply, but not enough to preserve governmental institutions or other industries. Sounds like a narrow focus to me!

    June 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  20. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Of course it's about the oil. When Suddam Hussein was toppled and Bush stood on the war ship and said "mission accomplished" and we are still there, come on now.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. Joe

    Oh, come on, Jack! Surely the no-bid oil contracts already answer that question.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Independent in New Mexico

    From the the perspective of a few years, I would suggest that is less about "oil", and more about having a very stupid man with "imperialistic" designs in the oval office.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  23. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    History will show the Iraq war was about political arrogance and incompetence. It was begun by a President who failed as an oil man in Texas when he bankrupted Harken Oil, and a powerful Vice President who was the CEO of Halliburton Oil. Together they sacrificed American lives and the U.S. economy for the sake of power.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Jay-Mississippi

    Come On Jack!!! Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could see it was about oil. Everyone knew that from the beginning, Two oil men President and Vice President. A phantom war with a phantom enemy, phanton targets, phantom reason, and real, very real, record breaking oil profits. Now you tell me.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  25. Laylah B, Los Angeles

    Probably. A lot of good that did us..

    June 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  26. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Yes I do. I was against the war from the beginning when it was first being discussed. However, since we are there and most likely will be ther for a long time, I think we should take over the oil fields and treat the oil as though it belongs to us. After all, we have spent enough money and shed enough blood that we have earned the oil.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  27. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Oil might have been the main ingredient Jack but let's not forget revenge (over the gulf war) and pure unadulterated not to mention massive Texas-sized ego.

    Sadly the catalyst to make it all a reality was the blatant lie to the US and the world. And the greatest tragedy is the deception and abuse of our willing and deeply patriotic troops to carry this travesty out.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  28. Jack Dempsey

    The Iraq War is all about a little man trying to prove he is a bigger man than his father. He's Not! Jack from Nice Ca.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  29. Tom in Desoto Texas

    "Oil for palaces" one general said about Hussein. Now we have oil for CEO's palaces.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  30. Michelle- Washington, DC

    Whatever reasons the administration had for going into war (since we know not the real reason) are now truly irrelevant. Rather, we need to think of reasons for staying in Iraq and continuing to put our troops at risk every day. However, Jack, since you posed the question, I'll play along. Do I think it was oil? Possibly. Do I think it was neo-cons itching for a second chance at glory? Perhaps. Nevertheless, what we do know now is that the reasons this administration gave the American public and Congress–that Iraq had WMD and that Iraq was linked to Al-Qaeda– were untruthful, and therein lies the problem.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  31. J.D. in NH

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. Why has it taken so many years for this to be said above a whisper? 4,000+ Americans dead, heaven knows how many dead Iraqis, world record debt and gas climbing toward $5.00 a gallon. I'd love to see Dick Cheney's stock portfolio.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Mary - California

    Oil was on the agenda, but President Bush had his own reasons to go to war with Iraq and we have surely paid a high price!

    June 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  33. richard a. winkler

    Of course it was. Bush and Cheney would do anything for their big oil buddies, including spending 800 billion dollars of our money and killing 4,000 American kids.

    They are both lying war criminals.

    June 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  34. George Carlin McxKinney, Texas

    I don't think so but, Opinions vary.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  35. Jan from Ohio

    Yepper, Jack, my Man!!! Oil is 90% of why the Shrub out us in there, and "getting" Hussein for Daddy was the remaining 10% of the reason why we're in this quagmire called "the Iraq War"! After all, the Shrub & his sidekick, Dickie C., would do ANYTHING for their "friends" (big oil & big Corps), no matter who or how much it would hurt... now wouldn't they?

    June 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  36. Dave P.

    That and a need to finish what daddy didn't get done.

    Iowa City, Iowa

    June 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  37. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Not totally, it was also about revenge of the Bush clan since they wanted to eliminate George senior. To some degree about oil as stated by Greenspan who made a lot of money off of his book where he said that Iraq was all about oil of course this was after he moved on to a new career. If was about oil, then where's the beef?

    June 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  38. PHS in Rhode Island

    Of course it was.....the rest was just a massive cover up. Bush lied.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  39. Tom Huntington,NY

    Absolutely ! I had heard that originally the Pentagon was going to call the Iraq invasion " Operation Iraqi Liberation " until they realized what the acronym would be and they changed it to Operation Iraqi Freedom..

    June 30, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  40. Joe

    If it was we're losing.


    June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Clair Mizner, Conneautville, Pa.

    We sacrificed of 4000 of our men and women, for the oil, spending BILLIONS on rebuilding, which the oil was going to pay for, so said, Bush, Chenney and Rummy. Now they are throwing open the door to foreign oil firm. And guess who will get the oil? Not the ones fighting .

    June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  42. JT from TN

    Finally realizing that Jack? Of course, G. Bush had in his little brain to go into Iraq even before 9/11. He wanted to finsh what daddy Bush didn't, plus make him millions for when he leaves the White House. Now he will be known as one of the lowest approval rated prez ever.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  43. Steve in Idaho

    Three words Jack O peration I raqi L iberation (OIL)

    June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  44. Sid--Texas

    Hello Jack,
    One word,"YEP"...Along with revenge for Daddy Bush, HBR, and every other Bush-buddy that is making mega-bucks, and sacrifing nothing personal in this mis-begotten conflict.....

    June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  45. Mike from Baltimore, MD


    The obvious answer is yes based on the fact that we have 2 heroes of Big Oil calling the shots from the White House.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  46. Dayton from Columbia, Maryland

    The fact that you even ask that question insults my intelligence.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  47. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Of course it was, but it didn't work, did it?

    June 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  48. Allen L Wenger

    Yes and just look at how much money Vice President Cheney made on the increased price if his Haliburton stock.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  49. Ross f rom Rerflands, California

    Here is a quote that explains it best in my opinion Jack

    “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe,
    as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people.
    Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted
    for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses."
    Major General Smedley Darlington Butler

    That was the early 1900's, but it seems nothing has changed. As I recall most of the 9/11 losers that attacked the U.S. were Saudi including the ringleader Bin Laden. But alas – no oi in Afghanistan.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  50. Willow, from Iowa

    No, actually I don't believe it was about oil, or only part of the war was about oil. I believe that people in power in our government have been making fortunes in the contracts with Halliburton and all of those companies. Cheney, and all of his buddies, have behind the scenes interest in the moneys made in war, not necessarily the oil. There are a whole lot of ways money can be made in this kind of endeavor that doesn't even consider oil.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  51. Carlos


    The real question is, will Americans even care? I have seen so much indifference and apathy in my fellow Americans in the past five years that I doubt their will be much of an uproar. Bush and his ilk will continue to grow richer while the rest of us will hear about this and protest… in between commercial breaks.

    Carlos from West Palm Beach, Fl

    June 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  52. mitch martin arkansaw

    yeah.misleading the entire nation and part of the world,to topple saddam and kill 100,000 or so iraqis,as well as 4100+ of america's best,so that contractors could make millions rebuilding another country,and making certain big oil companies have their contracts in place,all in the name of freedom and democracy,makes me "REALLY PROUD OF MY COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE".i'm staying home for independence day,this year,because i refuse to give any money for oil ,diluted with blood,on what should be a day of pride in my country.i would encourage others to do the same.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  53. Cynthia

    Yes, and guess who benefits.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  54. Larry Hutchinson Candidate for MI.State Rep.

    maybe so, but our president is so dumb that he really thought he could get away with such a dasterdly deed.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  55. Allen L Wenger

    Yes and that's why we need to attack Iran next. They have even more oil than Iraq.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  56. Jay in Texas

    Oil and the military-industrial complex are the reasons for this illegal war.
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  57. Harry

    Of course the Iraq war is about oil. It is about IRAN'S oil. Long before Cheney was V.P., he mentioned Persian Gulf oil. Look at who has the world's largest reserves.

    Saddam, WMD's, Iran Nukes.... it is all about giving us something moral and righteous to cling to. Although at $4.50 a gallon, it won't take much cling to.


    June 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  58. Ross f rom Rerflands, California

    Here is a quote that explains it best in my opinion Jack

    “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe,
    as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people.
    Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted
    for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.”

    Major General Smedley Darlington Butler

    That was the early 1900’s, but it seems nothing has changed. As I recall most of the 9/11 losers that attacked the U.S. were Saudi including the ringleader Bin Laden. But alas – no OIL in Afghanistan.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  59. Ray,Florida

    There not going to drill for oil Jack!
    They just wan't to see if the wmd's are burried underground somewhere.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  60. Dan from NJ

    You mean "Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)"? I heard it was originally named "Operation Iraqi Oil (OIL)", but they didn't want to make it TOO obvious.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  61. Joy Ferguson

    Jack, of course it's about oil. Thank you & Bill Moyers for bringing this out in the open. I'm glad someone has the courage to call these hyprocites what they are. Oil mongers, War Mongers and in my opinion the worst Pres. & V. P. in history.

    Joy from Texas

    June 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  62. David, Orlando, FL

    In addition to oil it was a cash cow for Haliburton, Blackwatrer etc. and trying to prove he is smarter than his daddy (big mistake, really big mistake).

    June 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  63. David in Natchez, MS

    The Iraq war was about one thing only – Baby Bush trying to impress Daddy Bush.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  64. Richard Green

    As we have learned there was no one reason for attacking Iraq. Oil was just one of many. There was the narrow minded belief that this would be a quick, easy, cheap, painless war that could be used to advance the Bush domestic agenda and establish a glorious legacy for Bush as a commander in chief. If, as a result of the invasion, GOP Bush faithful could be rewarded with no bid contracts and no oversight or accountability and cement Bush's control over the military and intelligence communities; so much the better! However, once Bush realized he'd run out of "plan" and realized what a debacle he'd created, I believe the "reason" became staying in Iraq so a loss couldn't be pinned on him.
    Pathetic and shameful.
    Richard Green
    San Clemente, California

    June 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  65. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I don't know, and frankly I stopped trying to figure out why we invaded Iraq a long time ago. The only thing that matters is that it wasn't for the reasons they said. Although, any reasonable American knew then and there that they were lying through their teeth.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  66. Ernie Hinds from Maryland

    I think it is becoming more clear every day that the war was fought over oil. The people that we have running this country are all tied to oil companies and Cheney and Bush were both oil executives. Cheney still holds shares in Haliburton and allowed them to have a no bid contract in Iraq. I think that the information that was given to the American public and the Congress was purposely misleading and used information that the Bush Administration knew to be false. How else could you expain Cheney changing his mind on the condition of Iraq in less than 5 years. I think that they saw dollar signs for American businesses and themselves and they knew they had the public behind them after 9/11 to pretty much do what they wanted.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  67. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Jack I am assuming you already know this answer. For anyone who is clueless watch Fahrenheit 911. It’s an interesting documentary.

    The war has always been about oil, why else would Bush and McCain be so adamant about not leaving Iraq. They would rather sacrifice our troop’s lives and than leave their precious oil unprotected. I say we impeach Bush, and McCain be disqualified from the race. What they have done is criminal in my opinion.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  68. Dan H ( North Carolina)

    If it was.then we have lost.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  69. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Yes,it was about oil all along. Bush and Cheney are taking care of their own dynasties and their friends as well. Greed,Jack, that's the problem. Let Bush send his new son-in-law over to Iraq and his nephews too,just to demonstrate his personal committment to the American people.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  70. Kenneth TX

    O peration I raqi L iberation (OIL)

    Bush does not care about this country, not in the least, as long as his atrocities put money in his pockets who cares how many soldiers die. He's not the one mourning, tax paying americans are.

    I will never vote Republican again!

    June 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  71. Len in Clarkston, WA

    Oil and Revenge.

    What a Legacy......

    June 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  72. Franky, Chicago IL

    I am so disappointed Jack, I am so disappointed at my Government right now. I don't even wanna talk about it.......

    Later Jack, I'm out! I'm gonna leave right now in a bit......

    God Bless this country..

    June 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  73. Preston in South Bend, IN

    You bet your sweet crude it was!

    June 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  74. Jon, Seattle

    Go ahead and look at the record revenues for the major oil companies and try to convince people otherwise. On a related note...

    How is what Bush has done to the US citizens much worse than what Saddam did to his citizens? And I'm not even talking about the 4100+ troops we've lost.

    You see where I am going with this Jack....

    June 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  75. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, Of course it was. I said that on day one and the truth has finally come out. Republicans and Democrats have both worked overtime at keeping us dependent on oil and now the oil companies control all of our daily lives. Remember those old stories about poor coal miners who worked to earn money to spend at the "company store" ?Well, welcome to the twenty-first century version because no matter who you work for you really work for the big oil companies?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  76. Perry in Houston, TX

    One day George and Cheney was out shooting for some Terrorists,
    And out from the ground sprang a bubbling pool.
    Black gold! Texas tea!

    Heck Yeah! It was Iraqi oil all the time!

    Perry in Houston

    June 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  77. Elesha, Concord, NC

    War-profiteering? What a surprise, Jack. Our government has been propagandizing war for quite a number of decades in order to benefit the military industrial complex and now Big Oil, and by extension themselves. The poor die so the rich may further gratify themselves. Again, what a surprise!

    Did anyone notice today that Congressman and others were conspicuously absent when Bush signed the supposed GI BIll? Makes me wonder exactly how important this bill was to Congress in the first place if none can show for the signing. This bill may provide much deserved benefits to those in the Armed Forces, but it also gives Bush more than $160 billion to continue the war well in 2009. We lose and win all at once. Where did my country go?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  78. Ken, St. paul MN

    Of course it was Jack, and It took the president over 5 years to cook this deal up. Maybe NOW can he roll out that mission accomplished sign?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  79. Barb from Union City, Mich

    Oil? I thought Bush sent our troops there to bring back sand. Before his term ends, he can build the world's biggest sand box to bury his "business" in and all the skeletons along with it. MY , my, that Bush and Cheney sure have had their fair share of dirty little secrets haven't they?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  80. Roaring Moose; Poland, NY

    Dah, Ha!

    June 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  81. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Was the Iraq war about oil....... of course it was!!!!! When junior bush and his cartel, hopefully, leaves the white house, I cannot but wonder how many millions he will have in his bank account from his high rolling, no bid contract, buddies.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  82. David from Menifee, Ca


    June 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  83. William

    Gee you think?

    NO ONE, wants to admit this. No one likes to admit that wars are over money. But they are. All of them, every single time. And we sit back as good American patriots and offer up our famiies, our kids, our best, and our money, so more people can be millionaires. It has to stop.

    Many of us Americans, are sick of Saudi Arabians dictating to our government, and our pocket books what we should do. They don't have the spines to do their own fighting, so our troops do it for them.
    Our troops are heroes, these countries of Iraq, and Iran and Saudi Arabia are bums. Period.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  84. Robert Postuma

    The war in Iraq was not just about oil.
    Sure oil had a little bit to do about Westren access oil, but not oil alone.
    Believe that the war in Iraq, was W's attempt to straighten the old man's cowardice by not removing Sadam the the 90 Oil War, when he had a chance.
    Thank you W. for showing guts.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  85. Carol in California

    The Bush Administration shamelessly used propaganda about there being WMDs in Iraq to intentionally changed the venue for the war. Why? Fighting the war on terror In Iraq because it had oil was a more lucrative proposition than scouring the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden. Who gets rich doing that?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  86. Chuck in Eugene Oregon


    Does anyone believe anything else? Of course it was all about oil. That is exactly why the US Government (BUSH) wants to stay 100 more years. They want to protect the oil, nothing more or nothing less. Also it is about having a militry base in that region where our war mongering politicians can launch an attack against countries like Iran. Intelligence reports show there were no weapons of mass destruction, and everyone knew that to be, so that excuse no longer flies.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  87. Casey in CA

    yeah... and each and every soldier who dies there is "just another poor boy out to fight a rich man's war"

    June 30, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  88. lindajones

    hi jack i'm from georgia i felt like it was all about the oil,because our people's will still be alive today if it wasn't for bush,he had do away with hussein because he was going too let the american know what was going on in his country?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  89. chuck b coastal n.c.

    BUSH and the GOP does not want you too think that, the war was about oil, they want you belive differently........ the GOP is all about oil and the oil companies...... the earlier you know it the better, vote aginst the GOP.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  90. ED in RI

    It's shameful that there are still people? in this country that believe anything the Bush administration has to say. This country is absolutely "out of control" on a spiral down to certain disaster.
    Bush, being a total incompetent, has managed to ruin the country, like he did to Texas. I hope his SUV rolls over, to save the planet, or better still- runs out of gas!

    June 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  91. Paul, Louisiana


    June 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  92. Trevor

    About oil in Iraq and oil in Iran. Is there oil in Cuba?

    June 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  93. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    God love you all Jack but war with America has only ever been about one thing. Money. Mind you Oil and money are one and the same thing these days sence the price of oil effects the price of everything else.

    June 30, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  94. Ken

    Graduation from the Naval Academy is an admirable feat but when you finish 894th.out of 895 graduates doesn't that qualify you for the same triangular hat and stool now occupied by our current president?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  95. Tony from Torrington

    No Jack, but it was Obama of you to bring it up.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  96. Gigi in Alabama

    I was laughed at from the beginning of this fiasco of a war because I said that George Bush and Dick Cheney spelled war . . . O-I-L!!! I still believe that all they wanted was the oil in Iraq and didn't care how they got it.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  97. christian ramos

    oil oil oil and more oil!!! where is the oil from iraq????

    June 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  98. John McClaire

    Who do you include in "civilized world?" Is Iran part of civilized world? Is any country critical of Bush international policies (Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, China, etc.), part of "civilized world?" Just because we have "uncivilized" people like George Bush in the US, would that make US "uncivilized?" Do you really believe there are "uncivilized" countries out there? I have high respect for your reporting. Please do not ruin it all by use of such "US-centric" language.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  99. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    No. It was about a politician legislating through evangelical Christian theology. Trying to remake the middle east using ethnocentric ideals. The irony is "not every free vote is a vote for democracy."

    June 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  100. Andy from Boca Raton, FL

    Yes, Jack, the Iraqi war wass was about oil. And so is the coming war against Iran.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  101. Bill in Albuquerque

    No. At least oil would have been a "reason." As far as I'm concerned there was no "reason" – just a bunch of victims of groupthink trying to save face in the absence of the slightest "real" justification.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  102. Jonathan

    All these exposures of corruption and deception by the Bush Admin from the beginning the "Liberals" have been screaming about... and NOW the main stream media is catching up to the Truth.

    well at least they've caught up, finally.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  103. deCasa, Washington DC

    I am constantly amazed with the impressive amount of knowledge everyone brings to these inspired cock fights.

    Outside this country Americans are viewed as arrogant know-it-alls....reading all these blogs and posts it's easy to see why.

    Where the heck do people get their information?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  104. Adrian

    my god, the rest of the world knew this war was about oil before it even began, there has never been any question about it anywhere else other than america. We are all very ashamed of your country and its current leadership.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  105. alex

    No, it was not for oil, it was for our own good!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  106. mouli

    It was about WMD – Weapons of Massive Drilling!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  107. Mickey Young

    McCain's military service does not qualify him to be president. I spent 10 years in the military and found that most people who made a career of it were those who could not make it in the civilian world. There are some very good leaders in the military but in order to advance to the top ranks it takes a yes man who will not stand up and speak what is really on his or her mind.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  108. Matt

    Of course it was about oil all along, but it was also about finishing the job Papa Bush didn't.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  109. Glen Jones

    Look at history, short term. The Washington Post reports that Congress is being forced by public pressure to finally look into corporate greed that came out at the end of the dot com era, with executives taking billions out in compensation for imaginary or falsified claims. It even touted the only way this will change is if America goes to war.

    A couple of months later, we are at war.

    Don't rely on my word, go look it up!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  110. Allen Franklin

    Was the war about oil? Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear do it in the woods?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  111. Tom Luten

    I mean...duh?????!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Jackson

    Holy crap, Batman, it was about OIL?

    Really, Jack – when analysts were saying that "if Basra came online, it'd push the price of oil down to $15 a barrel and rival the output of OPEC," what the HELL do you think this war was about? Trying to shore up shoddy militaristic planning and leadership? Shoulda been. About restoring freedom to an oppressed people? Shoulda been.

    But, in reality, it was/is about further funding and helping big business, which put the Son of Bush in the White House in the first place.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  113. dan McLean

    Jack, what I want to know is, how did our oil get under their sand?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  114. Chris in CA

    I thought it was for solar power because of all the sun they get there.

    Go Barry O!!!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  115. Dee, Portland OR

    No the war is NOT about oil. Well, not entirely. We are in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we can be strategically located to go attack Iran.
    Oil was just supposed to be the icing on the cake. Now we are in a situation where we are LESS safer and MORE people hate us. I'm glad
    I live in a country where people CAN say they are NOT proud of it if they
    want to. Can anyone in their heart of hearts say they are proud of what we are doing?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  116. Ava

    You tell it like it is. Bravo!! Of course it was for the OIL.Also Bush II wanted to get Hussein because his father BUSH I didn't. And about the campaign,Mr McCain has not paid property taxes for 4 years on the California beach home. Can we(the common folk) try that? And he wants to lead our country? I hope not.



    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  117. Tim

    I believe the history will recall these two gulf wars as "The Oil Wars"
    or "The first two Major Oil Wars". Of course this is what these wars are about. Our military is truly an Oil Protection service. Oil corrupts all because only a few can afford to pull it out of the ground.

    I believe George Carlin – the American public is truly stupid.

    Alameda CA

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  118. Byron

    My question is why is this being debated now? It was obvious this war was for oil and war profiteering in 2002-2003.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  119. TimothyS

    If it was about Freedom, why is Cuba still not free? If it was about WMD, why do we turn our backs on other countries who have the same thing? If it was about terrorism, than why did we stop (ok let up on) going after Bin Ladin?

    Pure and simple. It had nothing to do with Saddam, freedom, democracy or any other hair brained reason the McBush administration can think up. It was always about oil and greed – greed and oil!

    And to think I was one of the ones that voted for Bush in 2000 in Florida. I wish I could take back my vote!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  120. Jerry Ibrone - Dunwoody, GA

    Yes. Funny thing is, if they'd allowed the Iraqis or Russians or anyone else to market Iraq's oil all along, there would be more supply on the World Market and the price would thus be lower, our economy better, etc.

    Leaving the Iraqis and Iranians to their own politics over the post World War 2 decades would have prevented several wars that we either encouraged or instigated, and both countries would be pumping oil at full capacity to make money for themselves, which is what would be best for us, ultimately, since this would mean greater supply on the World Market.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  121. Dale

    But I TRUST my president! He could never tell a lie!!!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  122. elliott mercer m.d.


    Oil, (Freudian) paternal failures, an intellectually inadequate man who, had he been a CEO of any major company, would have been fired long ago. What a tragedy for our country.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  123. TM

    If so then why don't we HAVE the oil? I think this is just another chance to bash President Bush. For cryin' out loud, his term is almost over. GIVE IT A REST, liberal media folks! GIVE...IT...A...REST!!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  124. Luci in KY

    NO – the Iraq war was NOT about oil! It was about Saddam, WMD’s, Iran Nukes.
    Wake up America! Iran is our enemy and needs to recognized as such! Fingers should be pointed at Iran and not at Bush's leadership.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  125. Ray mondo

    YES, YES, YES – only a buffoon could deny that. But then there are the buffoons who run our country. I recently saw an old video clip of an oil-soaked bird from the Exxon Valdez disaster – would that be too much punishment for Bush, to be covered from head to toe with oil and photographed in his cowboy hat ?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  126. Wan

    I do feel the war was about the oil. My question is what will we do when the oil runs out. What are we waiting for, money from the unwanted war. We could have spent that money much wisely, like investing in water.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  127. D Mills Garland, Tx

    Of course it was about the Iraqi oil. The people who say it isn't, well maybe they'll go ahead and fall on into that hole where their heads are.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  128. Greg

    Of course it was always about oil Jack, as well a grand opportunity for revolving door political/private interests to profiteer from war. This is no surprise to millions of conscientious objectors – we could have told you of the current horrors in Iraq five years prior. Perhaps if you, the big-time media were not five years behind, we could collectively start to make some progress. Heinsight is indeed 20/20, but it is not what we need from you. You the mass media are in an extremely powerful position. We need you to begin reporting with a genuine and steadfast courage for the truth...

    Brattleboro VT

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  129. Anne-Marie

    In (former Bush Tresury Sec.) Paul O'Neil's memoirs, he mentions at least one meeting in which Administration officials and U.S. oil executives poured over historic petroleum maps of Iraq BEFORE 9/11. If true, it would seem to make the war-for-oil claim inescapable.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  130. Michael

    oil,israel.....israel and oil......thats why all these lives were destroyed.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  131. Brady, Berkeley, California

    Actually, It's not exactly about oil in the way you are thinking. The real reason for the war was to make sure that Iraqi oil would be sold in dollars and not euros. Saddam switched the currency his oil was sold in to euros in November of 2000. The most important aspect of the US economy is that just about all of the worlds oil is sold in dollars each day. The US was worried that if Saddam was allowed to change that other countries would follow including OPEC.

    I'm still surprised nobody ever mentions this...

    June 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  132. Montrose, Colorado

    Of course it was always about the oil. Clearly, it's been taboo for the media to suggest such a thing. Was Micheal Moore was the only one willing to speak the truth?

    June 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  133. ReMiWa

    Are you kidding me??? Anyone who thinks it wasn't is an idiot.
    Just watch where Bush and Cheney are employed after we are rid of them on 01-20-2009.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  134. Tim in NC

    No it's not just about oil. I feel certain we would have gone just to save those poor people from an evil dictator if all they had was potatoes. Keep up the good work Jack!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  135. Najar

    This ware was not about oil. It is about land. There are no more free lands to steal on this planet, may be in the future and on some other planet. Oil is for short while. Land is forever. Oil is one resource. Land has uncountable resources. Resources are controlled by only a few, and these few are always expanding by inventing wars enable to steal land with all its resources, including human slavery by force of military.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  136. Michael

    The fact oil is expensive hardly disproves the oil motive for the war. It was never about cheap gas for *us*. Its about plentiful supply and huge profits for the oil companies. And its working!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  137. Greg -- Racine Wisconsin

    I suspect the genesis for the war in Iraq was Cheney's closed door energy meeting, early in the administration's first term, the minutes of which (if there are any) remain secret.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  138. Gloria

    Is oil almost $150 a barrel? So, the short answer is, "Oh, hell, yeah!"

    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  139. Thomas L Turner

    Jack: Our Congressional Representative, Dennis Kucinich, addressed the House at the beginning of the Iraq war. His statement was "How did our oil get under Iraq's sand? This is recorded in the Federal Register.

    Thomas Turner, Cleveland, OH

    PS: We are very proud of Congressman Kucinich.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  140. Locco

    Someone tell me why this administration is not being tried, convicted and executed?!?

    If governments in other countries did this, and it affected US interests, rest assured we would SANCTION them to death, or invade them and simply take over, until they lynched those responsible.

    And we wonder why so many foreign countries hate Americans.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  141. arj barker

    without a doubt, it was all about oil.
    im not even that smart, and i know that!

    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  142. Larry in Fort Worth Texas

    Of course it was about the oil! That doesn't take einstein to answer. However the reason it was about the oil is we couldn't allow terrorists to control that vast wealth. They would annihilate Israel and anything else they wanted to control.With that much money they could have the largest armed force in the world,and the weapons to go with it. Add to that the leverage they would have on us needing the oil.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  143. Ed Bailey

    Jack, it's been revealed that maps of Iraqi oil fields were included in Dick Cheney's top secret meetings with big oil in 2001. Follow the paper trail, this oil and money addicted administration has had theirsights on Iraq from the get go. Sadly, they used 9/11 as a convenient excuse to invade a soverign nation. A nation which according to the 9/11 comission had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  144. Jim Diemer

    It is always about OIL, we seem to think the oil industry is ours alone and it really belongs to those who have it and hold the rest of us stupid oil using people hostage. We need to stop this maddness and bring home all those brave Anerican Service Men and Women. Stop the MADDNESS.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  145. Rich from Illinois

    Let's put it this way: The decision may not have been predicated "entirely upon oil" but oil would obviously have been a substantial factor influencing the decision. Now, the real question is: Since dependency on mideast oil is (unfortunately) a matter of national defense, was that decision "in real world terms" entirely wrong?
    The fact that the US over the last four decades has failed to ween ourselves off of foreign oil by actively implementing a national alternative energy policy simply makes us look to the world as an insatiable glutton and bully. Politicians serve to be re-elected to office, not to do what is in the country's best interests. That is the reality of the situation.

    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  146. Fred


    NO the war in Iraq was about Bush's EGO, and you know it!


    June 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm |