For Immediate Release
President Bush Asserts Right to Control Iraqi Oil
WASHINGTON - President George Bush this
week rejected a Congressional effort to bar the United
States military from controlling Iraq's oil resources.
signing a military funding bill earlier this week, the president issued a
"signing statement", barring any expenditure of funds to "To
exercise United States
control of the oil resources of Iraq."
Committee on National Legislation, a 65 year old Quaker lobby, has worked with
Congress for three years to pass legislation that bars the United States from building permanent military
bases in Iraq or exercising
control of Iraq's
oil resources. "We are dismayed that the president would deny the Iraqi
people and its government the basic sovereign right to control their own
natural resources. President Bush apparently believes that as commander
in chief he is entitled to seize Iraq's
oil fields and control Iraqi oil if he should deem it necessary to protect U.S.
national security," said Jim Fine,
a lobbyist for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
"It's hard to see any other logic behind his signing
statement. He has, in effect, declared himself --and any future U.S. presidents who fail to repudiate his
outlandish claims--emperors of Iraq."
Bush has signed the restriction against controlling Iraqi oil into law five
times since 2006, but has issued 2 signing statements this year asserting that
control over Iraqi oil would violate the constitutional powers of the
executive. He argues that his administration is not legally bound to
abide by those provisions.
For more on
FCNL's Middle East program, see
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