Is Oil Driving US Policy on Iraq?

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President Bush talks about Iraq-s weapons of mass destruction as justification for war, but skeptics maintain that the long-term objective is US control of Iraqi oil and the second largest oil reserves in the world. Some oil experts contend that it won-t be so easy because instability in the Persian Gulf and rebuilding Iraq would make the cost of an oil war far greater than it-s worth, and because Saddam Hussein just might blow up his own oil fields. We hear more about the motives for war and its possible consequences, and get a former insider-s view of Saddam Hussein himself, from a member of the British Labour Party, economist and national security experts, former Bush White House speech-writer David Frum and a former official from the Iraqi Oil Ministry.
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Rep. Richard Gephardt

Office of House Democratic Leader

Gephardt's statement

Rep. Martin Frost

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

UN Security Council

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

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Warren Olney