August 7th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: High price of oil one justification for Iraq war vote

Sen. McCain took questions at a town hall event in Ohio Thursday.
Sen. McCain took questions at a town hall event in Ohio Thursday.

LIMA, Ohio (CNN) – John McCain offered a new justification for the Iraq war Thursday, arguing that if Saddam Hussein were still in power, he’d be a petro-dictator intent on using today's sky-high oil revenues to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

A voter at an Ohio town hall meeting Thursday asked McCain how he would vote on the 2002 war resolution if he had to do it again, given the advantage of hindsight.

“What do you think that Saddam Hussein would be doing with oil at $120, $125, $130 a barrel?,” McCain asked. “What do you think he’d be doing? I’ll tell you what he’d be doing. He’d be doing what he said he was committed to doing. And that’s acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction, which he did twice before.”

The Arizona senator elaborated on his other reasons for supporting the war resolution, including Iraq’s noncompliance with the U.N. mandated cease fire, as well as Saddam’s “brutal” human rights record.

Ultimately, McCain concluded, “If he were still in power, I believe that the world would be far worse off, especially with all the money he’d be making off of oil.”


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soundoff (596 Responses)
  1. Kim

    Is this McBush's confession that the Iraq war is all about oil?

    August 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Travis

    That a boy McWar.....WMD.......are you ever stuck in neutral.

    McWar got caught with his pants down with this question and he

    blurbed what he was programmed to say......but guess what McWar

    I'm going to watch it again, and I'm sure you probably said the war was

    over OIL.

    August 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Raymond K Hessel

    Ultimately, McCain concluded, “If he were still in power, I believe that the world would be far worse off, especially with all the money he’d be making off of oil.”

    Oh. As opposed to say all those oil corps I guess. Yes, I feel much better now.

    When are we going to Venezuela and Iran? You gotta love McWar and his rationales.

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. DJ Los Angeles

    McCain is a pathological liar just like Bush and Cheney.

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. jeff

    What McCain fails to acknowledge publicly is that one of the main reasons oil prices are so high is because of the invasion of Iraq. He knows this though and hopes to continue talking about paris hilton so the american people are distracted from the mess him and the rest of the rubber stamp republicans have gotten us into

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. CB

    Does he really think Americans are that stupid? The price of oil was half of what it was today BEFORE THE WAR. Everybody knows the Bush/Cheney war has caused the price of oil to rise.

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. CB

    You still never answer the question.

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Adam, Plano, TX

    really mccain? you don't think that if we had never gone to Iraq, oil prices would have never gone so high? you're completely out of touch.

    August 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Brenda

    This guy is too old.. thats it too old... plus looking more and more senile...

    August 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. gary

    YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT JOHN. GOOD THING SADAM IS OUT OF THE PICTURE.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. AML31

    If McCain had supported alternative energy over the last 26 years, we wouldn't have needed foreign oil and we wouldn't be a trillion dollars in debt and would't have lost 4000 American lives. What a " little jerk" to coin one of his idiotic expressions.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Mike

    I wonder if mcOil really is this stupid or he just thinks we are that stupid. The Iraq war caused the high oil prices you dangerous, crazy old man.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Mark Webb

    Kerry was right: this guy is really dangerous!!!!
    4000 boys killed for big oil, and he has no regrets???
    Shameful!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. kayla

    mcsame has no substance. his only words in his vocabulary is WAR AND SURGE. and to attack sen. obama. so that americans don't see his lack of substance. wait for the debate.

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Yep, JohnnyMac, it was about oil all the time, and you've lied the whole time and changed your tune with every note sung by the lyin', cheatin' Bush administration. Thanks for all the "straight talk" you dried up, old, geriatric mess.

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    Johnny, this might be slightly plausible if you had, y'know, said ANYTHING like this in real time. Here you go rewriting history again. This is really a stupid rationale.

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Terry, Butte, Mt

    Obama should have a field day with this one.

    August 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Rita of Dallas

    He is really reaching. Yes Saddam used chemical weapons on his own people. I wonder where he got the material to make them. And this was over 20 years ago. Why didn't the US do something then? Bush and his cronies wanted this war and the Congress allowed it to happen. Shame on them

    August 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. DonnieJ

    Would oil be at $120, $125, $130 a barrel if we never invaded Iraq, John?

    August 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Steve

    OMG. Another Republican falsehood to take us to war. What is it going to take to get these war mongers out of office?

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Dan

    Booo. Did we scare you?

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. OBAMA RICHARDSON 2008

    Sounds like some PURE speculation that is highly unlikely since it's been proven that Sadaam was nowhere near any kind of real development of WMDs. You can't punish someone for something they didn't do but in theory may be capable of doing 5 years in the future if oil prices shoot up to $130 a barrell.

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Nevermind the fact that the turmoil in the Mideast created by Bush's policies and the war is largely responsible for the current price of oil.

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Rob

    Saddam was always opposed to radical Islam. The Iraq war brought Al Queada to Iraq. The war was and is stupid, wasteful and criminal. Only McBush is crazy enough to not see this.

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Justin (ny)

    EVERYBODY RUN FOR YOUR LIVES – UNLESS MCCAIN IS ELECTED THE WHOLE WORLD IS DOOOOOOMED

    BE SCARED OF ANYBODY BUT MCCAIN

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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