Middle East References
February 23, 2004
 
Kwiatkowski on the Neoconservative Coup at the Pentagon
Kwiatkowski on the Neoconservative Coup at the Pentagon

The LA Weekly interviews Karen Kwiatkowsky, retired US Air Force Lt. Colonel, who watched the Neocon network take over Middle East policy at the Pentagon with her own eyes. She says the war aims of this group were threefold: 1) To position US companies to get Iraq oil and other contracts, which would not have happened had sanctions continued to loosen with Saddam in power; 2) to create a new Iraq that would be friendly to the establishment of military bases in that country, given that the basing situation in Saudi Arabia was unsatisfactory [and that many in the Pentagon believe the oil-rich and unstable Persian Gulf needed permanent US bases to guarantee oil security); 3) they were threatened by Saddam's decision in the year 2000 to price oil in Euros, which threatened the stability of the dollar."

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