Interesting to see John Howard and his Treasurer as George Bush clones. The hypocrisy of claiming it’s about “democracy” is now acknowledged worldwide.
Iraq oil security in Australia’s interest: Nelson
The Federal Government says oil is a key reason to keep Australian troops in Iraq, but says it was not the reason for the original invasion.
As it released the defence update, the Government said oil security is one of the reasons for staying on in Iraq.
The Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson, says it is in Australia’s interests.
“Energy security is extremely important to all nations throughout the world, and of course, in protecting and securing Australia’s interests,” he said.
“The Middle East itself, not only Iraq, but the entire region is an important supplier of energy oil, in particular, to the rest of the world.”
But the Treasurer Peter Costello disagrees.
“We’re fighting for something much more important here than oil, this is about democracy,” he said.
Prime Minister John Howard told radio 2GB Iraq is not about oil.
“We are not there because of oil,” he said.
“We didn’t go there because of oil and we don’t remain there because of oil.”
The Greens say it is a damning admission that the war was about oil, not weapons of mass destruction and the Australian Democrats say after years of denials the Government’s conceded that the war was about oil.
Labor has asked why the Government cites oil now, when it has previously denied any link.
Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd earlier accused Mr Howard of “making it up as he goes along” on Iraq.
He says the statement is a clear backflip on what the Howard Government said when the Iraq war started.
“Mr Howard was asked back in 2003 whether this war had anything to do with oil. Mr Howard said in no way did this have anything to do with oil. This government simply makes it up as it goes along,” he said.
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