Originally Posted by Nate
Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the Middle East. Inventing a cause for invasion was the easiest way of removing Saddam and liberating the oil. Unfortunately this has now meant that Iraq is a breeding ground for fundamentalism and, subsequently, support for Al Qaeda - something which would never have been allowed to happen under Saddam. Irrespective of this the US is now in control of significant supplies of oil, unthreatened by any regime change that might occur in Saudi.
The whole WMD thing was bogus, and the subsequent claim that "regime change" was necessary to bring peace and tranquility to Iraq is visibly ridiculous.
Well described but to be honest I really don't think it was becuase of oil - IF it was the Yanks are even more stupid than I thought!!!
Before the 2nd Gulf war oil prices were at the lowest ever - down to about $14 a barrell - so cheap many oil fields weren't economically viable.
Now due to the fighting in Iraq etc the price of oil is up to $65 a barrell. Who does this hurt the most? The Yanks!!! Who benefits the most? The Arabs and the Russians!!!
IF it was about oil they have shot themselves in the foot somewhat!!! I honestly think it was all about trying to save face after Sept 11th. Recent opinion polls suggest that the majority of Yanks thing the Iraq war was because of sept 11th - to them an Ayrab is an Ayrab - they just don't understand the difference!!!