Iraq and Oil

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International energy expert Daniel Yergin looks at the oil industry in Iraq ten years after the U.S.-led invasion. He is the author of The Quest: Energy, Security & the Remaking of the Modern World.


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Comments [6]

Jf from Truth la.d

Each bomb costs a million dollars, the rest of the armys mass murder supplies cost the same. So yeah thats,the purpose of war. War profiteers. Follow the money.

Mar. 20 2013 12:34 PM

This guy is either incredibly naive, willfully ignorant, or intentionally obfuscating about the oil motivation. Sure, there was a long list of justifications, but they were just that -- justifications.

Mar. 20 2013 12:25 PM
Diana Finch from New York, NY

I'm sorry, but Daniel Yergin is whitewashing history. The US DID try to get a law favorable to Western oil cos passed - the Iraqi Hydrocarbons Law - as part of Iraq's new legislation, and only Iraqi resistance has kept this from happening - this resistance no doubt a contribution to the unrest and bloodshed that continues there to this day. And it was US mismanagement of 'reconstruction' that led to the current chaos and financial woes of the country.

Mar. 20 2013 12:19 PM
lcruz from brooklyn

the increase in oil output that the guest mentions, is mostly happening in northern Iraq, it's revenue are hardly realized in the Baghdad.

Mar. 20 2013 12:12 PM
Diana Finch from New York, NY

Why The War In Iraq Was Fought For Big Oil by Antonia Juhasz on

Mar. 20 2013 12:12 PM
antonio from baySide

I feel that there's no silver bullet, but I feel it was a way for companies such as Brown, Becktel, Halliburton to make millions in the reconstruction of Iraq. Many of the folks in the administration had ties to those companies...

Mar. 20 2013 12:11 PM

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