Brad Messer Commentary
Friday, October 31, 2003

The Iraq Oil Fiction

Remember being told that the U.S. would rebuild Iraq using money from Iraq's oil?

Cross that out. Things have changed again.

Your tax money has already been spent on fixing their oil infrastructure, to the tune of a billion dollars. Looks like another $4 billion will be needed pretty soon. Not to mention billions more after that.

Not only will Iraq oil not pay for anything we are doing, but everything we are spending is a total freebie. The Bush administration has insisted that Congress not require that any of the money be paid back.

There were no weapons of mass destruction. There were no germ-carrying missiles. Saddam had not tried to buy nuclear ingredients from Niger. The mobile biochemical production labs were fiction. Rumsfeld didn't know right where the WMDs were. And it's your money, not Iraq's oil, paying for us to - as they say - win the peace.

My suggestion is that nothing about this war be written in ink. A pencil with an eraser might be a much better choice.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

Boston Globe 10/31/2003
Projected Iraq oil costs up sharply

Newsweek 11/3/2003 issue
The $87 Billion Money Pit

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