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03/17/2013 05:04 pm ET | Updated Jul 02, 2013

Dick Cheney, Ahmed Chalabi Contemplated Value Of Iraqi Oil To U.S., David Frum Writes

Much of the world has long assumed that Dick Cheney longed for war in Iraq in order to gain reliable control of the nation's oil resources. But it's not often that evidence has emerged of Cheney himself talking in that vein. A new reflection by Bush speechwriter David Frum in Newsweek does just that:

I was less impressed by Chalabi than were some others in the Bush administration. However, since one of those “others” was Vice President Cheney, it didn’t matter what I thought. In 2002, Chalabi joined the annual summer retreat of the American Enterprise Institute near Vail, Colorado. He and Cheney spent long hours together, contemplating the possibilities of a Western-oriented Iraq: an additional source of oil, an alternative to U.S. dependency on an unstable-looking Saudi Arabia.

For Frum's full piece in Newsweek, click here. For a look back at the figures whom history has proven wrong about the war in Iraq, check out HuffPost's "Iraq War Ten Years Later: Who Got It Wrong?" piece below.

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