Call to tap Iraq’s oil to pay for occupation – January 11, 2003

Will US export oil from Iraq to pay for occupation?

Really, are they crazy? Can’t they see that such a move would be highly inflammatory in the Arab world? Arrogance, ignorance, plainly stupid — or what?

Call to tap Iraq’s oil to pay for occupation – January 11, 2003 Bush administration officials are seriously considering proposals that the United States tap Iraq’s oil to help pay the cost of a military occupation, a move that is likely to prove highly inflammatory in an Arab world already suspicious of US motives in Iraq.

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‘We (the US) take all the oil money until there is a new democratic government’ in Iraq.

The source said the Justice Department has urged caution. ‘The Justice Department has doubts,’ he said, adding that department lawyers are unsure ‘whether any of it (Iraqi oil funds) can be used or has to all be held in trust for the people of Iraq’.

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