Tinfoil hats. Conspiracy theorists. That’s what people who argued this war was for oil were called. Um:

Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents outlining possible deals.

Mr. Perle, one of a group of security experts who began pushing the case for toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein about a decade ago, has been discussing a possible deal with officials of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan regional government, including its Washington envoy, according to these people and the documents.

Richard Perle, as everyone knows (or should know) is a far right Neo-con who was a member of the now defunct Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which among other things, published their “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” paper outlining a new American hegemony and the requirement for a “new Pearl Harbor type event” (published in 2000). They were a chief architect of plans to go to war with Iraq and several members of the group ended up in the Bush administration.

Nothing to see here.

Please move on.

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