Now He Tells Us

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

For years now, those of us who dared state the obvious — that Bush/Cheney’s obsession with Iraq was all about oil — have been dismissed as left-wing cranks, or worse, as terror-loving traitors.

I doubt that this admission from the former high priest of American capitalism will make a difference. He’s just one of a long line of truth-telling former Bush-abettors.

Still, it’s an important statement, and not just the oil part: our decision to destroy a sovereign nation that did us no harm and push the world to the brink of apocalypse just so we could service our oil addiction is just one of a very long list of hard American truths shrouded in political denial.

The first step in waking from denial is the recognition of how deeply and dangerously asleep we’ve been.

Michael Sky