In 2000, Big Oil, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Shell, spent more money to get fellow oilmen Bush and Cheney into office than they had spent on any previous election. Just over a week into Bush's first term, their efforts paid off when the National Energy Policy Development Group, chaired by Cheney, was formed, bringing the administration and the oil companies together to plot our collective energy future. In March, the task force reviewed lists and maps outlining Iraq's entire oil productive capacity.<quoted text>Is that all there is to it? Let's take a look in time...
Journalist Carl Bernstein Tells Joe Scarborough:'Jewish Neocons' Responsible in Part for Iraq War(MSNBC)
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =BbyBL3-ZOsMXX
Netanyahu warmongered about Iraq's non-existent WMD before 1998 (Charlie Rose Interview)
President Clinton orders attack on Iraq (CSPAN)
Ron Paul 1998 - Clinton Impeachment and Iraq (CSPAN).mov
Planning for a military invasion was soon under way. Bush's first Treasury secretary, Paul O'Neill, said in 2004, "Already by February (2001), the talk was mostly about logistics. Not the why (to invade Iraq), but the how and how quickly."
In its final report in May 2001 (PDF), the task force argued that Middle Eastern countries should be urged "to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment." This is precisely what has been achieved in Iraq.
Before the invasion, there were just two things standing in the way of Western oil companies operating in Iraq: Saddam Hussein and the nation's legal system. The invasion dealt handily with Hussein.