Who did I have lunch with in Sydney back in 2003 who told me that it wasn’t about oil? Stupid a-hole.
Cut ‘n’ paste from Phil at LP (sorry, right now I is so dissified)
This from Defence Minister Dr. Brendan Nelson.
The defence update weâ€™re releasing today sets out many priorities for Australiaâ€™s defence and security – and resource security is one of them.
Obviously 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
Over the past few years weâ€™ve just about every government minister from the PM on down deny any such policy link existed. So those who claimed that this was a war for oil were right. We now have an explicit policy linking our national energy security to possible foreign excursions.