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Alan Greenspan Explained Why We Invaded Iraq (And Why Iran is Next)

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Alan Greenspan quite openly admitted why we attacked Iraq in 2003. The long-time chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (1986-2006), considered during his reign to be one of the two most powerful men in the United States, laid out the rationale in his 2007 memoir, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World."

"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

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There it is, the reason we invaded Iraq -- and by inference, why an invasion of Iran looms on the horizon. Now you know (if you didn't already) why so many powerful politicians, media figures, and establishment opinion manipulators are frightening Americans about the possibility that Iran might build a nuclear weapon.

Keep in mind that Iraq and Iran have the second and third largest Middle East oil reserves [roughly the same amount] behind only Saudi Arabia. Just exchange a "q" for an "n" in Greenspan's quote, and the pieces of the puzzle fall neatly into place.

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Americans are being systematically prepared for a potential war with Iran, just as we were for Iraq. Political leaders of both parties and the Obama administration have made it clear they will not accept a nuclear Iran. They tell us the prospect of a nuclear Iran cannot possibly be tolerated.

They don't want us taking into consideration that the United States and Russia each have at least 8,000 nuclear weapons, or that China, France and the United Kingdom each have hundreds of their own. Additionally, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea are known or believed to have large stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

In reality, the possibility of Iran potentially building one nuclear weapon in the next year or two does not appear to be a life or death catastrophe and certainly not a reason to start a new war. Iran surely realizes that were they to use such a weapon, it would be certain suicide. And in all fairness, why are all these other countries allowed to have nukes, but Iran, surrounded by hostile neighbors already possessing such weapons, is not?

None of that matters. The American people, few of whom have ever been directly affected by war, are ready and willing to attack Iran. They have already been convinced -- 52 percent according to a poll published this month in Investor's Business Daily -- by politicians and the media that the U.S., if diplomacy fails, should go to war to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.

Nazi leader Hermann Goering understood this process:

"Naturally, the common people don't want war... But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

You don't need a crystal ball to figure out where all this is going. Iran will cooperate with us and share its oil or risk an American invasion and occupation, just as was done in Iraq and Afghanistan. How can all this dangerous and deadly madness be explained? To paraphrase Watergate's Deep Throat, "Follow the Oil."

Arlen is a writer/blogger living in Monterey, CA. His political blog is He writes a weekly quotation quiz "What's Your QQ?" (Quotation Quotient) for the Monterey County Herald, as well as a website and (more...)
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I hate to see us going down the same path as we di... by Arlen Grossman on Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:54:58 AM