“We lost out,” said Michael Makovsky, a former Defense Department official in the Bush administration who worked on Iraq oil policy. “The Chinese had nothing to do with the war, but from an economic standpoint they are benefiting from it, and our Fifth Fleet and air forces are helping to assure their supply.”
Some unquoted U.S. officials say it’s no big deal because the U.S. now has North Dakota’s Oil Patch, pumping much more oil from the ground than had been imagined.
“Of course it’s about oil; we can’t really deny that,” Gen. John Abizaid, former head of U.S. Central Command and Military Operations in Iraq, said in 2007 on the war in Iraq, which killed 4,488 Americans.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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