4,612. 2/24/2003

“At a secret NSC [National Security Council] briefing for the President [Bush] on February 24, 2003, entitled, ‘Planning for the Iraqi Petroleum Infrastructure,’ a State Department economist, Pamela Quanrud, told Bush that it would cost $7 billion to $8 billion to rebuild the oil infrastructure, if Saddam decided to blow up his country’s oil wells…”

 – Dilip Hiro, “How Bush’s Iraqi Oil Grab Went Awry,” The Nation, Sep. 26, 2007

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