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You cannot make this stuff up folks.....

"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.

"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.

"Blaming sabotage, banditry and guerrilla attacks on convoys, the note urged "extraordinary efforts" to ease shortages in Baghdad and elsewhere that have sent fuel prices soaring."

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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:

"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]

"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…this is not a broke country." Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03];

"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 can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon." Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]

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Bunch of rocket scientist we got running this spaceship, doncha think?
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