SRCC, Delhi University
December 17, 2012
After 8 years and 270 days of human atrocities, the Second Gulf War officially ends on December 15, 2011, by (officially) giving free reign to the new "legitimate" Iraqi Government, in the hands of US-friendly prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.
[in the following video, security guards "gently" accompanying Social Democrat Saddam Hussein to the gallows for a cowboy-style execution or, if you want, an example of US Humanitarianism]
—The Iraqi Capitalists and/or the Iraqi people as a whole?
—The neighbouring nations, the rest of the world and/or the whole world?
[in the following video, US Army nicely using mortal White Phosphorus over the city of Fallujah, Iraq or, if you want, a Capitalist attempt to bring peace to Iraq]
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(ARTICLE PART I)
[in the following video, an example of human capitalist opportunism or, if you want, a pleasurable interview to former US vice-president Dick Cheney]
[in the following video, if you want, the "military precision" of US Army or, more precisely, a footage — obtained by Wikileaks — from a US Apache helicopter in 2007 showing Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad]
[in the following video, the whole movie "the oil factor behind the war on terror" (liberal)]
A friendly Iraq could be very important, especially when influencing the oil price in a negative or positive way. The outcome of such practices is certainly not unidirectional. Their outcome depends upon which lobbies finance the US government or the Iraqi one and in which "direction", namely, it depends on whether lobbies indirectly manage to convince the Iraqi government to influence the price up or down or to stabilise it; if by any change they manage to do that.
But let's come to the facts.
British Shell and Malaysian Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) e.g. obtained the concession to operate on the super-giant oil field of Majnoon, in South Iraq. 
During the same year, the American taxpayers took on the economic burden of at least 21,000 Americans, 43,000 foreign contractors and about 118,000 Iraqis. 
It is important to point out that the Iraq War, in fact, greatly helped increasing the national debt, which compelled the government to take action with fiscal policies and bailing out in the post 2008 period of US national unemployment, misery and growing inequalities.
Among other things, the 2008 economic mayhem signalled a system no more able to sustain wars and military expenditures like once. We'll return on this specific matter later.
For the record, Bush administration Vice-president Dick Cheney was also a chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.
What is Halliburton?
Halliburton is the world second largest oil field services corporation, as of 2010; and it is involved in both Pentagon contracting and oil and gas ventures. 
Halliburton's ex-subsidiary[**] Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR Inc.) — an engineering, construction and private military contracting company — gained contracts in post-2003 Iraq; just like it did in the past, thanks to the Second World War and the Vietnam War.
According to MSN money journalist Michael Brush, in Iraq, Kellogg Brown & Root Inc.(once a subsidiary of Cheney's Halliburton)— a company which has dealt with base construction and maintenance, oil-field repairs, infrastructure projects and logistics support for the US army — got about a fifth of its revenue from the Iraq war in 2006. It is allegedly the company that more benefited from the Iraq War. 
Veritas' McNeil Technologies furnished interpreter and translation services to the military and U.S. government agencies in Iraq whilst Wornick — one of its companies — supplied military rations.
Washington Group International, Fluor and Perini got important contracts to restore, repair and mainting oil fields, power plants, schools, public water systems and military bases.
"Emptying" the military warehouses is always profitable, even if it is socially useless, even if it entails no use-value, namely, no value that satisfies human needs of the buyers, except the greed-related ones of the investors.
This process causes a decrease in national competitiveness, insofar as the value of dollars rises and imports become cheaper, while exports become dear.
During the same year, accrued liabilities for U.S. federal employees’ and veterans’ benefits totalled $4.5 trillion .
In purely economic terms, this represents a huge drain, among other things, in favour of private firms.
Who is Mr L.P. Bremer?
Most importantly, Bremer is the man behind the administration of US atrocities in Iraq and the man behind a huge corruption scandal involving the money of american taxpayers and the destiny of Iraq's social investment. He is also the man behind the attack on Iraq's wretched Hussein's Social Democracy; which was once US-friendly and turned to be a non-cosy political tool.
Bremer-sponsored de-Ba'athification politically wiped out Hussein's Ba'ath party; leaving space for a more "Liberal", and certainly more conservative, political framework.
Bremer — the president of US-sponsored Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) — was the Washington Man leading Iraq in the early years of its post-Saddam period.
To make the readers acquainted with the Bremer-style administration and those Capitalist interests relative to its governance, let us cite the bourgeois British journal The Guardian on the matter:
Let's go on, only a little bit, with The Guardian's citation:
The same source, among other things, talks about a minister reporting thousands of bodyguards whilst having only hundreds, one huge slush fund, lack of financial monitoring, political "preferences" for American short-term contracts and much more. 
The New US American "Caliphate", led by "Bremer I of Iraq" — apart from being an illegitimate aberration, even in the liberal sense of legality — allowed the consistent impoverishment of the local bourgeoisie; at the benefit of foreign investors and few "lucky" Iraqi bourgeois.
The International Advisory and Monitoring Board — a supranational body of financial and economic control — reported that the export of Iraqi oil was non-metered during Bremer's rule. 
It may not sound strange to point out that Mr Bremer has been politically chosen by Dick Cheney, the former CEO of oil fields services corporation Hallburton! 
I don't think we need to morally comment on the infamous decisions of the Bremer imperial administration to arrange a cow-boy style execution of Mr Saddam Hussein, whose death generated horrible human consequences among civilians in terms of terroristic attempts and guerrilla actions.
Similarly, I don't think we need to morally comment on the poor ideological stance of the vast majority of the European Left (and, of course, of the European Right); whose political stance was merely defined by non-materialistic and unconditioned hostility towards "the presence of the Americans in Iraq" and not towards Imperial Capitalism as a whole.
Organising material and logistic support e.g. for local communists in Iraq or at least "good-willing" Social Democrats in the region was by no means a primary goal of this "Left"; which remained still and passive, watching the war going on the news.
Similarly, organising calls for American investment in Iraqi public infrastructure was also not one of the leftists' goal; whose "out of Iraq" shouts and threatening passivity have never scared a single Capitalist and never surprised a single Communist.
The European "legal" Left — which has always wished to co-exist with Capitalism, whilst trying to make an impossible boss-worker harmony out of it — has politically gone on with no political plan, of course, against Capitalist inhuman consequences, and no political plan apt to materially help the suffering Iraqis'; until the only concrete political plan it managed to conceive was that of investor-friendly Austerity in early 2010's; which robbed the wage-labourers and enriched the local Bourgeoisie of every European corner.
I don't even think we need to morally comment on Neocon-style support on the part of "Leftist" comedy personas à la Hitchens, who — apart from hiding a huge poverty of thought with his vulgarisation of atheism conceived in a non-dialectical fashion — has never understood the dynamics of Capital due to his extreme ignorance in political economy.
I will leave no space for moral philosophy and moral common sense in this article.
British journal The Guardian wrote this in 2011. Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, at least in the 2000's, have never existed.
Mr al-Janabi — happy for the US intervention and the new Iraqi "Freedom" — shows no regret.
Again, there is no need to take out moralistic rhetoric.
However, it is important to focus on the fact that, during Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, in 2004, the US — whilst demonising Saddam Hussein's inexistent weapons of mass destruction — used highly inflammable White Phosphorus (WP) , as well as modern napalm and other weapons.
Leaving aside that, of course, international legal conventions don't make weapons either less painful or less destructive, White Phosphorus, formally, is not a chemical weapon; it is an incendiary one. However, BBC reported that Professor P.Rogers, of the University of Bradford's department of peace studies, stated that such a chemical agent could be regarded as a chemical weapon if deliberately aimed at civilians; a fact that, alas, happened. 
This has been asserted in an Italian documentary too.
In Fallujah, US "military precision" of the White Phosphorus — whose contact with human skin causes deep sores and extreme pain — killed many civilians, as Al Jazeera showed. [***]
The estimates of the civilian deaths only in this single urban battle vary from circa 800 civilians  to thousands. [****] As of 2010, Fallujah has an incredibly high number of birth defects, allegedly due to the use of US sophisticated weapons  used during Operation Phantom Fury.
[*] Iraq body count project estimates that between March 2003 and October 2011 the Iraq war provoked the death of 103,536 — 113,125 civilians, with over 150,726 civilian and combatant deaths. Lancet, a scientific medical journal, estimates that from March 2003 to June 2006 the Second Gulf War produced 601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths.
[***] FAIR, CNN to Al Jazeera: Why Report Civilian Deaths?, 4/15/04:
[****] The Guardian, I am sorry for the role I played in Fallujah, Thursday 22 December 2011
 Alibaba, Iraq CNPC oilfield deal, Published: 27 Jan 2010:
 Why Oil Majors Are Coming Back to Iraq, November 4, 2009: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_46/b4155000179541.htm
 (according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times, reported by Commondreams) http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/04/2284
 Retrieved from "US government spending"
 War and the military-industrial complex
By Henry C K Liu: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EA31Aa03.html
(according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.)
Who's profiting from the Iraq war? By Michael Brush, 8/29/2007:
 (according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.)
 Who's profiting from the Iraq war? By Michael Brush, 8/29/2007:
 Iraq War Will Cost More-than-$2-Trillion, By Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz. This article originally appeared in the December 2006 issue of the Milken Institute Review.
 "So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go? - The Guardian, july 7, 2005" http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/jul/07/iraq.features11
 Paul Bremer's profile in National Corruption Index.org, last updated October 13, 2008: http://www.nationalcorruptionindex.org/pages/profile.php?profile_id=252
 The Guardian, Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war, Tuesday 15 February 2011
 BB, US used white phosphorus in Iraq, Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2005: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4440664.stm
 See RAI's documentary "Fallujah, the Hidden Massacre" by Ranucci and Torrealta.
 Democracy Now, Red Cross Estimates 800 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Fallujah, November 17, 2004: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2004/11/17