â€śRoughlyâ€ť 500,000 children in the early 1990s? â€śAboutâ€ť a million people killed by the invasion and its aftermath? â€śA few millionâ€ť more lives maimed, displaced, wrecked (as much by grief and despair as by physical mutilation)? Such statistics are terribly abstract, obscenely abstract: an adding-machine tabulates an endless list of corpses into an abstract figure to be entered in the chronicle of â€ścollateral damage,â€ť â€ścivilian casualties,â€ťâ€”or a â€śbody count.â€ť
Former Iraqi oil minister Issam Chalabi says that although Iraq is an oil-rich country, it still imports petroleum products from abroad to meet its needs 10 years after the US-led invasion of the country.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4 Star General John Abizaid, Fed boss Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Sarah Palin, Bush speechwriter David Frum, key war architect John Bolton, and a high-level National Security Council officer all say that the Iraq war was about oil.