A rewriting of history – Carl Rove denies that the Bush administration ever said Iraqi oil would fund the reconstruction

Posted: March 16, 2010 in News, Politics
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I once heard a quote that goes something like “history belongs to the victors.”  With secret societies such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, a largely polarizing and controlled media, it seems that the government would have an excellent way to “rewrite history”.  In this article you will see that men such as Paul Wolfowitz, and Ari Fleischer saying that the conflict in Iraq would pay for itself by the revenue created from oil sales.  Evidently this didn’t come to pass.  Now Karl Rove says that something like this was never part of the Bush policies.

David Edwards and Gavin Dahl
Raw Story
March 15, 2010

NBC was the latest stop on Karl Rove’s book tour for ‘Courage and Consequence.’ Revising history has been his main focus recently, and this morning’s interview with Tom Brokaw focused on Iraqi oil revenues.

Addressing a Congressional panel, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz claimed that Iraqi oil revenues would help pay for reconstruction of the country. Sunday, Karl Rove denied the Bush administration ever made that claim.

“[T]he suggestion that somehow or another the administration had as its policy, ‘We’re going to go in to Iraq and take their resources and pay for the war’ is not accurate,” Rove told NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

Wolfowitz’s statement at the time, according to Think Progress was, “The oil revenue of that country could bring between 50 and 100 billion dollars over the course of the next two or three years. We’re dealing with a country that could really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”

Before the March 2003 launch of the Iraq invasion, then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Iraq “is a rather wealthy country. … And so there are a variety of means that Iraq has to be able to shoulder much of the burden for their own reconstruction.”

Frank Rich’s new column in the New York Times, published before Rove’s appearance on Meet the Press, is about what he calls the ‘Rove-Cheney Assault on Reality.’

“Now the revisionist floodgates have opened with the simultaneous arrival of Karl Rove’s memoir and Keep America Safe, a new right-wing noise machine invented by Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz and the inevitable William Kristol. This gang’s rewriting of history knows few bounds.”

The US has spent tens of billions of dollars on reconstruction, which led an auditor to warn of waste and fraud.

To watcha the video: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rove-denies-bush-admin-said-oil-would-help-pay-for-war.html

  1. Think Progress is a blog dedicated to promoting progressive ideals. So, we have a liberal blog’s word versus a conservative politician’s word. If Wolfowitz testified before a Congressional panel, couldn’t there be some record of what he said? Let’s quote that! And shame on New York Times for using a liberal blog as reference material: “Wolfowitz’s statement at the time was, according to Think Progress…” That’s similar to a company sending out press releases to news agencies and the news agencies turning around and printing it as a news article. Think Progress will have their own particular spin on things. The New York Times should have conducted their own research, and then quoted *that*.

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