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Benchmark #1 Iraq war funding

The mask is finally off. It really is all about oil.

What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq's Oil for US Companies
    By Ann Wright
    t r u t h o u t | Guest Contributor

    Saturday 26 May 2007

    On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war in Iraq. The members called it "supporting the troops." I call it stealing Iraq's oil - the second largest reserves in the world. The "benchmark," or goal, the Bush administration has been working on furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq's oil. Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds. <more>