It’s “all about the oil” except when it isn’t, as in the 1940s, when the USG and the oil majors opposed Zionism, but were overwhelmed by the nascent Israel Lobby, which secured US support for partition and a Jewish state.
On the eve of the June 67 war the Saudi petroleum minister threatened Aramco with “nationalization sooner rather than later” if the US supported Israel, and the Arabs considered an oil embargo after the war, but market conditions were too loose. The US backed Israel’s occupation, unlike in 1956, resulting in the 1973 war, an embargo, in favorable conditions, sharp price increases, and the greatest shock to the world economy in the postwar period.
It’s “all about oil” except when it isn’t, in the Gulf War, when it was more important to destroy Iraq than negotiate Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait. And later when it was more important to impose “dual containment” of Iran and Iraq rather than, after the Iran-Iraq war, balance Iran against Iraq a and recover the markets that were lost with the Iranian revolution, as US oil and other businesses wanted.
Except when it isn’t, as in 2003, when the US invaded Iraq, to pump Iraqi oil and destroy OPEC in the designs of the neocons who were the prime movers.
The anti-Iran animus is entirely a product of Zionism, and drives the Anglo-Zionist war against Hizbollah, Syria, Iraq and Iran, including fake crises like the “Iranian bomb”. Gareth Porter and others have written about this. Absent Zionism the US would be involved with Iran for normal capitalist reasons, supserseded in this case by the Zionist imperative of annihilation
Nazi Germany had an “oil policy” but anyone who argued that the war on the eastern front was *really* about Russian oil and wheat would be dismissed as a crank at best.
Then as now we look to radical, racialized nationalism and militarism, which we find in Zionism and its radicalizing, destabilizing effects on US policy and culture
Some of the Mondo editors know better than this piece, and some don’t. We will record progress when such obfuscations cease to appear.