A Thom Hartmann article, Blood, Oil, and Tears – and the 2004 Bush Campaign Strategy:
“These former oil industry executives know their priorities. When George W. Bush spoke on national television to announce the start of ‘war’ against Iraq, he looked into the camera and asked to speak directly to the Iraqi people. He could have appealed to their nationalism, and asked them to join our soldiers (or at least not shoot at them) in toppling Saddam. He could have appealed to their knowledge of the peaceful side of Islam and asked them to go to their mosques, which we would protect from bombing, and pray for a quick resolution of the conflict. He could have apologized in advance for the death and destruction he was about to unleash on their land, that would kill many times more innocent civilians than died in the World Trade Center, and promise that the US would do our best to make it good after the war.
But these were not the things on Bush’s mind. Instead, he said, ‘And all Iraqi military and civilian personnel should listen carefully to this warning. In any conflict, your fate will depend on your action. Do not destroy oil wells…’ “