4,281. 12/15/2002

“The Bush administration was mapping out its postinvasion plans for Iraq’s oil in late 2002. One forum was the U.S. State Department’s Future of Iraq Project’s Oil and Energy Working Group, composed of administration officials, expatriate Iraqis, and others. Meeting four times between December 2002 and April 2003, the members of the working group agreed that Iraq ‘should be opened to international oil companies as quickly as possible after the war.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Tyranny of Oil, Page 349

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