Former US Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan famously spills the beans in his new memoir, The Age of Turbulence: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” (London Times, Sept. 16) On her blog Sept. 25, Arianna Huffington lauds leftist icon Naomi Klein for calling out Greenspan on this point in a Sept. 24 interview with him on Democracy Now: “Are you aware that, according to the Hague Regulations and the Geneva Conventions, it is illegal for one country to invade another over its natural resources?” (Contrast Ann Coulter‘s “Why not go to war just for oil? We need oil! What do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to them?”)
The problem is that, as we have noted, Klein has engaged in clueless cheerleading for the very jihadi “insurgents” who seek to exterminate Iraq’s legitimate civil resistance, which is organizing to oppose the US oil grab. We have not heard that she has retreated from this self-contradictory and morally bankrupt position. And she has certainly done nothing to loan support for Iraq’s civil resistance.
Why is that? Naomi?