Glenn Greenwald on the Democrat’s leading hawk Peter Galbraith, who, as it turns out, had a huge financial stake in the Iraq war:
After playing a key role in enabling the invasion of Iraq, Galbraith
first became one of a handful of U.S. officials who worked on writing
the Iraqi Constitution, and after he resigned from the government, he
then continuously posed as an independent expert on the region and,
specifically, an “unpaid”adviser to the Kurds on the
Constitution.Galbraith was an ardent and vocal advocate for Kurdish
autonomy, arguing tirelessly in numerous venues for such proposals —
including in multiple Op–EdsforTheNew York Times —and insisting that Kurds must have the right to control oil resources located in Northern Iraq…..
What Galbraith kept completely concealed all these years was that a
company he formed in 2004 came to acquire a large stake in a Kurdish
oil field whereby, as the NYT put it, he “stands to earn
perhaps a hundred million or more dollars.” In other words, he had a
direct — and vast — financial stake in the very policies which he was
publicly advocating in The New York Times, The WashingtonPost, and countless other American media outlets, where he was presented as an independent expert on the region.
The sad fact is, all of this could have been uncovered at the time, and if the media had done its job, war profiteers like Galbraith would have had far lesser roles in advising the government. Instead, they rolled over and allowed despicable human beings like Galbraith to cheer lead war while getting immensely rich from it. Truth be told, the entire enterprise was a giant money making scheme as the government figured it would make trillions for the oil industry, and tech companies would get rich of the new weaponry it was making. Cable news did well out of the mayhem too – treating it, as Matt Taibbi put it, as “a big fucking
football game that you can sell Coke and Pepsi and Scott’s Fertilizer to.”
While Galbraith is hardly the biggest villain, he is one of the worst – a pretend expert who used his knowledge of the region to make money from their misery. In other words, a merchant of death.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.