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Yep, says honest John, Iraq is all about oil! Hallelujah!
Hello. I've been out and about today, have just seen the news, and am absolutely dumbfounded that Howard and his defence minister have admitted that we're in Iraq because of its oil. Howard strongly denied oil played any part whatsoever in his decision to help the US invade Iraq. He let the cat out of the bag during a big defence speech today. Most Australians now know that he was lying about his reasons for ordering our troops to invade Iraq. But who'd have thought he and Nelson would admit to the lie!
I get the feeling big time that somehow, some way, Howard is allowing his subjects to see that the emperor has no clothes.
All those people who argued that Howard was lying before the war, and gave the reasons why it was all about oil, including many Webdiarists, must be taking a deep breath of utter relief. Condemned as appeasers, terrorist lovers, even traitors, they - and yep, I was one of them - are publicly and officially vindicated at last.
HUGE hat tip to wonderful Webdiarist and Webdiary columnist Jack Robertson, who set it all out in his detailed piece Controil, published on March 5, 2003, just before the war began.
I'll look up all the links tonight, but meanwhile, what a wonderful day. Please feel free to help me out with links.
Why didn't he have the guts to tell us the truth when it mattered, and explain why he did what he did? Didn't trust the judgment of the Australian people, you know, the judgment he so often publicly praised? What a bloody coward. And what an bloodied liar. Blood for oil.
But why did they do it? The Ten news I watched suggested Howard was backtracking, denying he said what he said. Or could his tainted government believe that the truth, at last, could win them an election on the back of Iraq?!
But Honest John, you told us at the 2004 election that it was all about trust! You know, the one where you promised you'd send no more troops to Iraq, then did just that quite soon after you'd won.
So he can't use that line this election, can he. Or can this man still get away with anything?
With exquisite timing, Russ did a big defence policy speech today too. We now have Iraq back as an election issue, and very clear lines of difference on it between the majors. Who'd have thought it?
UPDATE: Here are Howard's crucial lines in his speech today:
Events in the Middle East have long been important to Australia's security and broader interests, and this will remain the case. Many of the key strategic trends I have mentioned - including terrorism and extremism, challenging demographics, WMD aspirations, energy demand and great-power competition - converge in the Middle East. Our major ally and our most important economic partners have crucial interests there.
Brendan Nelson's ABC radio interview today (no transcript available):
"The defence update we're releasing today sets out many priorities for Australia's defence and security, and resource security is one of them." .
"The entire (Middle East) region is an important supplier of energy, oil in particular, to the rest of the world.
"Australians and all of us need to think well what would happen if there were a premature withdrawal from Iraq?"