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Kucinich on ‘The Truth About Oil and Iraq’

Posted on May 23, 2007

Congressman Dennis Kucinich commandeered the House floor for an hour Wednesday to discuss “in detail the Congressional and White House efforts to privatize the oil of Iraq.”  Before he spoke, he announced the speech in a public e-mail.  The talk is excerpted here.

Oil was the primary reason for the invasion of Iraq. There were, of course, no weapons of mass destruction, no connection between Iraq and 911, no connection between Iraq and Al Queda’s role in 911. Despite that the Bush-Cheney Administration, with the approval of a Democratic-controlled Senate and the Democratic leader of the House, supported and commenced a brutal campaign of shock and awe, of bombing, invasion and then occupation of Iraq.

Iraq may have as much as 300 billion barrels of oil untapped. With oil headed toward $70 a barrel, the oil wealth of Iraq could be worth as much as $21 trillion. Nearly 3,400 sons and daughters of America have been sacrificed. As many as 1,000,000 innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed in the course of the US occupation. The taxpayers of the United States will pay between one and two trillion dollars for this war, which is based on lies.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 31, 2007 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

Quote #73231 by dave on 5/27 at 11:08 am: “...Looks to me like Kucinich is now a bulls eye for covert assassination….”

The significant difference between the 1950’s-80’s cold war era is that big business and private investors have already voted with their feet and have been assiduously chasing opportunities in China and eslewhere in Asia for years. Otherwise, you and I would not be writing in any forum like this because it would not exist and the Kuchinichs and Ritters would all be in their graves.

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By Johnny, May 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
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Reading over some of these comments I am left with nothing but awe! The truth is so obvious as well as the LIE. But still some are determined to behave as though it’s not as clear as it is, and that some sort of honor is to be had in ignoring facts. The wealthy convince us that we should be patriotic while they sell the soul of a nation and it’s people for more wealth and power! So now, from analysis of these replies and rebuttals, I hope that everyone realize how pointless it is to try to convince sheep, marked for the slaughter, that to naively and blindly follow their sheperds they are going to be put to shame and sometimes even to death for the previleges we may never benefit from individually, proportionate to our sacrifices, as those who propogate these messes do in relation to the sacrifices they and their families have made

This is an old saga that plays over and over again!!

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By Bill Blackolive, May 28, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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911truthdotorg - Yes, it is incomprehensible how cautious these fellows continue to be, though each has off main media commented there is the 911 coverup.  Now, Ron Paul has, at least on Fox, lately spoken of the coverup.  Meantime I will ask friends why this general timidity that smells of school yard fear, how even can these regulars on TV sneer at Rosie without wondering at any of this she is saying, and, these friends will tell me: People really don’t care, they stop thinking at any point where their masters are questioned….Whew….Where am I?...Let us push on, someday somebody has to get on corporate TV and point out a chicken bone cannot kill a scavenger, even any domestic dog, so what your American veterinarian says he has pulled chicken bones from dogs’(yappers?)(professionally?) throats….Stupendous….

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By dave, May 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Looks to me like Kucinich is now a bulls eye for covert assassination, and Iraqis will conveniently all go extinct from DU-induced cancer and genetic damage (aka genocide), thus liberating the oil fields. Blackwater is no misnomer. It also looks like Iran, having failed to capture much sympathy among the “left behind”, will be nuked by “accident” during some stupid muscular war game, and the late/great USA, it’s shamefully fake economy propped up by printing presses and the cluster-bomb arms trade, will go down fighting everyone in a rising sea of Gore (no pun intended).

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By Jim Richardson, May 24, 2007 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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Kucinich commandeered the House floor for a waste of time speech while the Monica hearings were going on which had to be pushed to CSPAN THREE, which nobody gets and where Fox gets to have the last word because nobody saw it on CSPAN 3. Thanks Dennis, nothing you have ever said was more important than letting the nation hear how the Bush WH had politicized Justice from the horse’s mouth. You self serving idiot.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 24, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

Bill Blackolive -

I agree completely. These so-called “dark horse” candidates like Kucinich, Paul or Gravel need to start talking about 9/11 and the fact that we need a new, true investigation.

If they did, I truly believe they would be unstoppable! At the very least, they would draw the most publicity, both positive and negative for themselves and for 9/11 Truth.

This needs to happen!

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Leefeller, May 24, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

Matt on 5/24 at 6:56 am If your point is correct, Israelis attack on Lebanon makes more sense.  Onward and upward to Iran.  Guess we cannot have the neighbors getting to uppity.

On the other hand I can see Israelis point, when their neighbors say they want to drive them into the sea.

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By Dale Headley, May 24, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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Finally, the unvarnished truth!

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By Bill Blackolive, May 24, 2007 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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Dennis, glad you are already at I wish you next can jump into corporate media with this, as has Ron Paul.  Oil?  Everybody already knew about the oil, including the citizens who think we have to take the oil because we in the US need that oil.  Really, this is 911 time.

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By Karen, May 24, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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Rep. Kucinich was on Democracy Now! ( this morning.  He stressed that Congress does not need to actually pass legislation to de-fund the war—all it has to do is not -write- legislation to fund the war in the first place!  Gee, what a notion—all members of Congress have to do is sit on their hands! 

Of course, the truth is that Congress already passed funding for the occupations.  The Defense Authorization Bill, passed on May 17th, includes $100+ Billion for the “wars” (occupations) of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Kucinich voted NO on that bill (for those of you who live in Ellen Tauscher’s district, she voted Yes).

Finally, if we want Rep. Kucinich to be heard, we need to spread the word.  It is up to us.  We cannot rely on the MSM, which is largely part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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By Matt, May 24, 2007 at 7:56 am Link to this comment
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Look, there’s no question that oil greed was a contributing cause of this war. But it was never a sufficient cause, politically.

Politically, what made this war not just possible but inevitable was the conviction on the part of Israel’s most fervent backers - in the Israel lobby, both political parties, the corporate media, the foreign policy “think tanks,” and the Christian right - that smashing Iraq to bits would be “good for Israel”.

And that is - even more clearly - THE essential element in the drive to start a new war against Iran.

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By Jim Yell, May 24, 2007 at 6:44 am Link to this comment
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As long as Americans vote for the loudest voice and the appearance of the candidate the truth will not be spoken by a Presidential Candidate. Kucinich has spoken the truth, hasn’t a great deal of money to run campaign and looks a little rumpled, by the rules of the game he will not be a candidate. If we wanted, truely wanted to do the right thing “He Would Be Our Candidate”.

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By Linda, May 24, 2007 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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Suggestion - since Kucinich seems the only one to speak truth to power… and even the Dems seem to be hard of hearing, perhaps we need to send them a message. Registering Green or Independent is not much of a threat, since we KNOW we won’t be seeing a Green or Independent in the WH any time soon. But how about this…

... make out the biggest check to Kucinich that you feel comfortable with, then COPY the check. Use the rest of the space on the page to tell why you are sending money to Kucinich and NOT to any one who continues to vote for OCCUPATION funding.  Then copy that letter [including the copy of your check to Kucinich] and send it to the other Presidential candidates, and in response to any other requests for contributions from politicians. Keep copies handy. I got a nice letter from Bill Clinton yesterday, and I can’t wait to do this trick and send it as a reply to my dear friend Bill ... instead of the requested contribution to Hillary.

Let them know you are politically active, and have money to spend, but WON’T be spending it on people who keep our soldiers in harm’s way for oil company profits.

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By Miguel Nieto, May 24, 2007 at 5:45 am Link to this comment
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From ‘’:
“We the People must act on the warnings of the Founding Fathers against standing armies and foreign entanglements.  We must shut down the American military empire, close every single overseas base, and bring all the troops home.”
The problem I have with this commentary, and the overall comment, is the fact the American people are too CHICKEN SHIT to do anything of the sort.
The American people do not have the intelligence, the knowledge and the willingness to confront our government.
The American people have become FAT and LAZY (Intellectually) to rise up against this current government. Many, especially those in the upper income bracket, have become so corrupt with the ability to make lots of money, that it does not matter who dies for their greed, as long as it does not interfere with their ability to buy a BMW, live in Malibu, and shop on Rodeo Drive.
I’m sick of what I see. I’ve come to realize that only a complete collapse of the USA, and the break-up of this country, that may see a positive course for what is left.
Americans have become too comfortable with this “American way of life” bullshit to do anything that would be considered ‘right’ and ‘moral’.
And talking about ‘Morals’, I’ve noticed that our highly educated politicians, as well as our Corporate leaders, seem to lack this quality.
I have no university degree, but I would have thought that our universities, especially those ‘Ivy leagues’ would have taught our past and future leaders some level of morality (right and wrong). It seems too me that this is not the case. I guess what they truly learn, how to lie, effectively and within the law, as well as how to use others to kill people in other lands, in order to enrich themselves economically and politically.
America, what a sick nation!

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By Freedomfinder, May 24, 2007 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

Dennis I really love but we are in the wrong party! I just e-mailed Pelosi and Reid and told them they are not the party of FDR or RFK so I am voting GREEN!

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 24, 2007 at 2:47 am Link to this comment
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Dennis has it right and no one is listening.When the history books are written in twenty or 30 years they will say we were willing to trade blood for oil.It was always the truth and the American public did not want to hear it.
Brazil weaned itself off of oil in thirty years we have been sitting willing to kill our kids in this ridiculous war while oil companies control the debate.It should not be Iraqi oil paying for this misadventure it should be the oil companies.Our kids are the Exxon Mobil warriors and the only one with the guts to say it in this country is Dennis.The rest of the world is hip to what we are doing and hates us for it but here there are only isolated voices.Those poor kids.We as the adults have not protected these kids who are doing heroic duty.We should be very ashamed very ashamed.

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By Lee, May 24, 2007 at 12:50 am Link to this comment
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A $21 trillion botched burglary. And everyone knows it.

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By Rowland Scherman, May 23, 2007 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

QuyTran is right.  Alas, the Democrats are content to let the Republicans self-destruct.  It is a flawed poilicy, inasmuch as American troops are dying because of it.

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By atheo, May 23, 2007 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Excellent commentary Douglass!
I would like to updatethis portion:

” The only thing that is keeping it all afloat now are the cheap loans for the budget deficit from Japan and cheap manufactured goods from China. We should all be grateful to our Asian trading partners.”

Anymore, the Asians are cutting back on $ holdings. The new source of finance for the occupations are the Gulf Arabs. It works like this:
The U.S. military interferes with oil production in Iraq, the price of oil goes up, the Gulf Arabs invest their excess profits in U.S. treasuries to the tune of $2 billion weekly, and around it goes. By the way, I thought Dennis made alot of unfounded assertions and was frankly embarrassed by his conclusion that the occupation must be about oil since it’s not about WMD. As though there were no need to question any other possibilities. War for Israeli dominance in the region is a topic that may be too hot for him to handle, but to make a fool of himself trying to create a diversion is sad.

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By QuyTran, May 23, 2007 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

Dear Congressman Kunicih,

One sparrow doesn’t make a spring ! Your voice will have no echo in the desert. We have only one sole way to deal with this immoral administration is to impeach those who lied to the American people and pushed our troops into killing fields in Iraq for oil

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By Leefeller, May 23, 2007 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

A lot of the TruthDig posters have been asking why has not Dennis Kucinich been addressing blood for oil , well here it is and it must have fallen on deaf ears. Is he the only person in Congress to to declare the war a lie?

We want to hear the truth, not the normal bull shit we get from Congress and the Mass media.

Thanks Dennis Kucinich, for standing up for what you believe in and even better yet, that it happens to be the truth. 

Your sincerity is so refreshing,  rising us above the stench and slime of business as usual government. 

You bring something the rest of Congress hasn’t, something called hope.

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By TruthSeeker, May 23, 2007 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Poor Dennis, a one man show drowned out by a three ring circus.  Nobody listens and nobody cares, unfortunately, in America.  Of course it was all about oil, and empire.  We are not leaving any time soon.  In fact, Iraq is now our colony, our gas station and our aircraft carrier. 

The best essay I have read on this topic, IMHO, is Operation Iraq Forever, found at the link below.

Enter the Empire is a pretty good read also.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 23, 2007 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

Back in the 70’s oil-shock, US citizens were screaming “nuke the Ayatolla” as gasoline prices climbed. Now they meekly take it along with the bullsh!t about ‘supporting the troops’.

Isn’t it amazing how people have accepted the inevitability of increased gasoline prices as the result of the illusory war on terror? That is, everyone has implicitly agreed to fund the increased profits of the oil corporations by pretending that invading and occupying other peoples’ countries will somehow eradicate their fears.

In other words, the Bush gangsters have succeeded in again doing to the US public what they had to endure 30 years ago as a result of previous administrations’ policy blowbacks. Only this time, the taxpayer also gets to fund an extra $$trillion per year in the military budget which is farmed out to yet more corporations.

That is to say, “the art of war” is now being fought against the citizens of the USA by its own greedy corporate executives and the imperative is their wealth at any cost. The only thing that is keeping it all afloat now are the cheap loans for the budget deficit from Japan and cheap manufactured goods from China. We should all be grateful to our Asian trading partners.

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By Scott Romans, May 23, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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While, the commentators and pundits focus on his height, Dennis Kucinich is focused on the central issue of our time, an unlawful war in Iraq. 

Mr. Kucinich is determined to speak the truth. The truth about the war is, as he said, an attempt to secure the rich oil reserves of Iraq. The most important decision of a President is commit the blood and bodies of our soldiers to a war. The actions of Bush and his cronies rank with those of LBJ in cynicism and amorality.

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By Michael Boldin, May 23, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

It’s the nature of war.  The politicians and their corporate backers gain massively in power and profit.  This has been the way of the war lovers for ages.

Why should it be any different or surprising that our country would have the same problems??

Dennis did an excellent job of talking about the problem.  I think the solution is simple - take away the politicians’ power to make all this happen.

As long as the power exists, it’ll eventually be abused again…

Some thoughts:

“Leaders Don’t Kill People…”

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