On a note of the speech he actually got me looking into the whole Saddam peace offer in the first gulf war thing. Which was suprisingly full of crap.
I say surprising because usually Comsky is just putting his spin on things. He could find class warfare in a birthday party if he felt inclined to. But usually he's fairly factual, and the only freakish part is when he pretends various dictorial regimes and wonderful so long as they don't like the US and calls totalitarian communists states "successful independent development".
Now, Iraq did put out "peace" offers where he'd get to keep stuff. However there wasn't a need for a peace offer on his part. The UN Security council document authorizing war gave him about a month and a half to get out of Kuwait. This wasn't like in Gulf II or Afganistan where in principle the governments might have had a hard time meeting all demands immediately. In the first war all he had to do was have his forces leave in time. Instead he hunkered down and all indications I can find are that he though the US was too cowed by vietnam to actually try it and stick with a war.
Now to be fair I do think our country remembers where oil is. And I think geopolitical factors influence when we'd like to get more involved and when countries actually do so. I just think you're moving priorities around.
On the subject of the Total thing, that's actually more interesting, though that's the French. And I'd be much more interested in what actually happened company wise than photo's of supposed documents. Although even then, there is cause that if you're going to get inovlved you might want to try and get a sweet deal, but a primary oil motive driven by a particular company is something the French ought seriously think about.
We played harder than people would have liked during the cold war. And we did have some guys that were "our bastards". Still a bit of that lingering, especially in the middle east.
In any case, if somebody goes crazy than you've got to deal with the situation as it is.