It really is the oil, stupid.

6/4 Update: Via Cursor, apparently The Guardian botched the translation of Wolfowitz' statement. According to CalPundit, the correct English translation should've read: "Look, the primarily (sic) difference -- to put it a little too simply -- between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil. In the case of North Korea, the country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse and that I believe is a major point of leverage..."

Last month, deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz told Vanity Fair that "for reasons that have a lot to do with the US government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on: weapons of mass destruction." Now he's exposing the real reason for war with Iraq--the one we suspected all along. Why attack Iraq and not North Korea? "Let's look at it simply," he said at a Singapore security conference this weekend. "The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."

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