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Oil is the motive for war(s)—Pelletiere's crystal ball

Kimmo Klemola

Google "Stephen Pelletiere" and see his video speech in Bonaventure University 23rd January 2003, 2 parts ( It seems Pelletiere had a crystal ball of Powell's lies a week later and what Americans will face in Iraq. As a CIA's Kurd expert in IraqIran war, he states that the Kurds were gassed in an act of war, not genocide, and the gas used was Iranian (this conclusion was made by American intelligence in 1988). Both sides used gas in the war against each other. Later the Kurd gassing story was deliberately changed and it was part of the fabrication of both POTUS Bushes prior to Iraq wars.

Gassing of Kurds took place in 1988. Pelletiere wrote the New York Times article In January 2003. He was worried about the unjustified coming war carefully planned for years by Bush administration's war hawks. [1]

"I am in a position to know because, as the Central Intelligence Agency's senior political analyst on Iraq during the IranIraq war, and as a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, I was privy to much of the classified material that flowed through Washington having to do with the Persian Gulf."

Pelletiere's speech at Bonaventure University, New York, January 27 2003, is worth listening. Here is my abstract of the speech. [2]

"The control of oil is the game that America is playing in the Gulf. Control not possession is the objective. America does not need to possess Iraq’s oil. However, it must have control over how much oil that country will produce. At the same time America is going into Iraq to gain control of Opec.

Britain is the most forward of any country in backing American invasion in Iraq. When in 1972 the present ruler of Iraq Saddam Hussein nationalized Iraq’s oil it was Britain, which primarily suffered as the two British companies British Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell were ousted in the takeover. I think it is a fair assumption that Britain counts on its oil companies reacquiring their former possessions in the event of an American takeover of Iraq.

France and Germany very much fear that should the United States invade it would turn all of the Gulf, not the regimes but the citizenry, against America and after that we will see an escalation of terrorist attacks. In other words France and Germany foresee that an American takeover will in a long run do more harm than good.

The so-called Wolfowitz doctrine worked out by the US Assistance Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz envisions the United States running a lot more of these preemptive strikes such as this one against Iraq. In Wolfowitz’s vision the United States will go after Iran next, and then Syria.

The war is about oil. However, it is not the case that America wants to physically process Iraq’s oil so that it can sell it. It is rather that America feels it must have influence over Iraq’s oil production. Only by having that can we be sure of regulating prices and only by regulating prices can we be certain of keeping world economy on an even keel.

Other reasons for invading Iraq are preemptive protection of Israel and the water resources of Iraq."

Next Iran!


  1. Pelletiere Stephen C., A war crime or an act of war?, The New York Times, January 31, 2003. 

  2. Pelletiere Stephen C., CIA Analysis: The Predicament Mr. Bush and the Pentagon hawks have gotten US into, Speech at St. Bonaventure University, New York, January 27, 2003.



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