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Monday, September 17, 2007

Greenspan supported oil as the reason for invading Iraq

this comes across as a lot more honest than what has been bandied about in most of the rest of the media over the past few days...
Greenspan: Ouster Of Hussein Crucial For Oil Security

By Bob Woodward
Monday, September 17, 2007; Page A03

Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said in an interview that the removal of Saddam Hussein had been "essential" to secure world oil supplies, a point he emphasized to the White House in private conversations before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

i'm not a big fan of bob woodward, but i am glad he decided to point out this key piece of context for greenspan's role in the whole goddam mess rather than what it's been made to sound like...
AMERICA’s elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil.

In his long-awaited memoir, to be published tomorrow, Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President George W Bush’s economic policies.

However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.

and, let's not forget that tomorrow is the big night where greenspan gets interviewed by none other than HIS WIFE, andrea mitchell, an absurd piece of theater i posted about back at the end of july...
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, who helped shape the nation’s economic and monetary policy for almost 19 years, talks about the people he met, the issues he faced and the crises he helped manage during five different administrations. Greenspan discusses the world we now live in, with a global capitalist economy that is more flexible, resilient, open, self-directing and fast-changing than ever. Greenspan is the author of a new book, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, to be published by The Penguin Press on September 17. He is interviewed in this rare public appearance by the person who knows him best, his wife, Andrea Mitchell, who covers politics and foreign policy for NBC News.

Date & Time: Tue, Sep 18, 2007, 8:00pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall
Price: $50.00 Orchestra

and we certainly can't forget marcy - emptywheel - wheeler's trenchant observation...
You were one of the most powerful men in the fiscal world for almost half my lifetime. Yet you can't face live questions from someone who isn't your wife?

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