5,310. 8/15/2003

“In the immediate aftermath of the invasion [of Iraq], much equipment was looted from pipelines, pumping stations, and other oil facilities. By August 2003, four months after American troops entered Baghdad, oil output had only inched up to 1.2 million barrels per day, about two-fifths of the pre-invasion level. The forecasts (or dreams) of American planners’ that oil production would jump to 6 million barrels per day by 2010 and easily fund the occupation and reconstruction of the country, were now seen for what they were–part of the hype disseminated privately by American neocons to sell the idea of invading Iraq to the public.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

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

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