3,897. 9/17/2002

In an interview on Meet the Press on September 17, 2002, when asked if the war in Iraq was based on oil, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said it was. “I base that on the fact that there is $5 trillion worth of oil above and in the ground in Iraq, that individuals involved in the [Bush] administration have been involved in the oil industry, that the oil industry certainly would benefit from having the administration control Iraq, and that the fact is that, since no other case has been made to go to war against Iraq, for this nation to go to war against Iraq, represents the strongest incentive. I believe most sincerely that one of the motivating factors involved in this effort to strike against Iraq is the desire on the part of some to be at the control the oil interests in Iraq, I believe that.”

 – Richard Cohen, “Antiwar and Illogical,” The Washington Post, Sep. 17, 2002

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