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You cannot make this stuff up folks.....<br><br>
"U.S. officials in Baghdad fear that a fuel crisis, which has left Iraqi homes cold and dark and drivers waiting days for petrol, may inflame unrest before the election.<br><br>
"If the current situation does not improve quickly, public confidence in the government may deteriorate significantly," a diplomat wrote this week in a note circulated among the U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq and obtained by Reuters.<br><br>
"Blaming sabotage, banditry and guerrilla attacks on convoys, the note urged "<b>extraordinary efforts</b>" to ease shortages in Baghdad and elsewhere that have sent fuel prices soaring."<br><br>
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So let's review, Iraq, an oil rich nation, is wracked by fuel shortages and jacked up prices. And remember how Dubya Inc. told us hoe this fiasco was gonna be paid for:<br><br>
“I don't believe that the United States has the responsibility for reconstruction, in a sense…[Reconstruction] funds can come from those various sources I mentioned: frozen assets, oil revenues and a variety of other things, including the Oil for Food, which has a very substantial number of billions of dollars in it. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [Source: Senate Appropriations Hearing, 3/27/03]<br><br>
“This is not Afghanistan…When we approach the question of Iraq, we realize here is a country which has a resource. And it’s obvious, it’s oil. And it can bring in and does bring in a certain amount of revenue each year…$10, $15, even $18 billion…<b>this is not a broke country</b>.” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03];<br><br>
“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that <b>can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon</b>.” Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]<br><br>
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Bunch of rocket scientist we got running this spaceship, doncha think?
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