Just So There’s No Confusion

The briefly-lived story at The Guardian, that reader Giovanni was kind enough to place in the comments to this post in the wee hours of the morning, that claimed Paul Wolfowitz openly admitted that the war in Iraq was about oil, was not only wrong but probably a lie as well. If you read the comments you’ll see I responded promptly that I don’t trust The Guardian, even on simple reporting. Good thing.

I went on to hypothesize that he was referring to Iraq’s ability to withstand economic sanctions because they have oil and were selling it illegally. Remember the pipeline to Syria we closed shortly after winning the war?

Turns out The Guardian had used that same quote in the proper context just this past weekend in a story. They Fisked themselves without knowing it!!

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has the scoop:

The Guardian’s lie about Paul Wolfowitz was even more egregious and disgraceful than it first appeared—because the accurate quote from Wolfowitz was published on their own web site last weekend, in a context that makes it unmistakably clear what Wolfowitz was saying: U.S. to Put Economic Pressure on N. Korea.

North Korea would respond to economic pressure, unlike Iraq, where military action was necessary because the country’s oil money was propping up the regime, Wolfowitz told delegates at the second annual Asia Security Conference in Singapore.

“The country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse,” Wolfowitz said. “That I believe is a major point of leverage.”

“The primary difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options in Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil,” he said.

Via InstaPundit.
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