“It’s not about oil”

02.15.03

“It’s not about oil” is the claim of an editorial by Thomas W. Lippman in the Washington Post:

Even a perfunctory acquaintance with the realities of the global oil market would indicate that the “oil war” theory does not stand up to analysis. As an imagined rationale it doesn’t square with the facts; and in the unlikely event that it actually does factor into the administration’s thinking, it is a specious argument that cannot justify sending American forces into combat.

Lippman argues that the Bush administration has failed to make its case strongly enough as to the real reasons for war (namely, security) and that’s left the door open for anti-war protestors to claim that oil is the real reason that the U.S. wants this war.

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