Former Research Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN) at the Institute for Policy Studies
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"[American Vice-President] Cheney, arguing that US corporate engagement somehow is an agent for democracy, ...opposed a bill that would have imposed sanctions on financial transactions with governments that support terrorist activities. This campaign is rooted in the belief that sanctions are counter-productive to US business. Either a country will do business, or it will be a target for war... This policy, not weapons of mass destruction, brought US troops to Baghdad... The Bush/Cheney administration has somehow been able to corral American public support for its global agenda, mainly through fear, secrecy and deception. Fear of terrorism. Secrecy of relationships, from the Iraqi oil reconstruction contracts to the Cheney energy task force. And deception, to the point where the majority of US citizens believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the horrors of September 11."
"The Business of War," 11th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Seoul, Korea, May 25, 2003