Oil-What oil?<quoted text>The gift that keeps on giving? Fifteen more blown to hell in that shthole already today and the day is still young.
Who's idea was it to build the largest US Embassy on the planet in Iraq? Did we ever finish building the damn thing__last I heard the toilets wouldn't flush__must have been a Haliburton design eh?
Did we ever finish the children's hospital that we promised the people of Basrah in exchange for allowing us to pass through unimpeded and for playing nice with the Brits?
Who got the oil?
Large oil reserves discovered by the US-British Kuwait Oil Company. Exploitation is delayed by World War II, but thereafter fuels the country's (Kuwait development into a modern commercial centre.
Jump ahead a few more years--and...
Remember, Saddam had depleted his own nation, and was INDEBTED to Kuwait.
August - Iran and Iraq agree a cease fire.
"The war with Iran has left Iraq in ruins. When Saddam Hussein launched his eight year war against Iran, Iraq had $40 billion in hard currency reserves.
But by the end of the war, his nation is $80 billion in debt.
Iraq is pressed to repay the $80 billion to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, with interest.
While Iraq was distracted by its war, Kuwait had accumulated 900 square miles of Iraqi territory by advancing its border with Iraq northward. This was presented to Iraq as a fait accompli and it gave Kuwait access to the Rumaila oil field.
Some of that stuff...just kind of well, WELL before any "Bush" time-eh Realtime?
Intervention and Exploitation: US and UK Government International Actions Since 1945. us-uk-interventions.org . 1/3/2013