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Still an oil grab, but may be more also.|
I see the price of gasoline as a part of the invasion effort. By allowing gas prices to spike, it awakens regular citizens to how vulnerable the USA is to disruptions -- therefore we must control all Middle East oil resources, directly or indirectly. LIkewise anything that makes Muslims look like crazy fanatics helps the war effort. When American have the price of gas double and then see Muslims rioting in the streets, it touches a very raw emotion.
The oil America seized is still in the ground. Iraq is a huge oil field, second only to Saudi Arabia. Saddam signed a bunch of deals with the Germans and French to allow them to develop Iraq's fields after sanctions were lifted. So we grabbed the oil from Iraq, France, and Germany.
So that means, even if the Americans were getting all that Iraqi oil for free (and they aren't - they have to PAY for it just like everyone else does), it would still make more sense from a financial standpoint to keep your troops at home and pay full price for the oil.
And simply, that's why I believe stating the Americans invaded Iraq 'just for the oil' is a gross over-simplification. It doesn't make fiscal sense. Oh, and before you call me a 'Bush sympathizer' - I'm not. I don't think the Americans went in with good intentions at all, nor do I think the current government is particularly concerned with the wellbeing of the Iraqi people. I'm merely saying, 'they went in for the Iraqi oil' is only a partial explanation at best.
The reasons we invaded Iraq have changed numerous times since March 2003. First, we invaded because Saddam wouldn't disarm his bio/chem weapson and because he was trying to build nuclear weapons. Colin Powell made his point at the United Nations about Saddam purchasing uranium from Niger while CIA Director George Tenet sat behind him. At one point, George W. Bush said we toppled Saddam because of an assassination attempt on George H W Bush when he visited Kuwait in 1993. Dick Cheney said we invaded Iraq because Saddam and al Qaeda were connected. Later he denied having said it. Condi Rice said "we don't the next smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." So we were invading to prevent a nuclear attack on America. Often, it has been said that we were in Iraq because Saddam was a mass-murderer who gassed his own people. Now it turns out he simply ordered trials that resulted in the deaths of 148 people following an assassination attempt on him in the early 1980s. So when people ask, "Where do you get this stuff?" then the answer is that I get it from the White House in Washington.
I believed we would invade Iraq in August 2002. Bush was hammering Iraq because Saddam would not allow UN Inspectors in. Saddam capitulated. Then Bush began insisting that Saddam had to disarm. When capitulation was greeted with a new demand, then I knew that invasion was the only objective.
The USA has done itself great harm through the invasion of Iraq. America is a radicalizing influence in the MIddle East, and we aren't leaving ever. Babies born today will likely see military service in Iraq and some other Middle East countries as well.
I know it is an injustice to detain the prisoners in Gitmo further. Maybe I'm not willing to risk the potential harm that could result from releasing people that my country's government has tortured and mistreated. I guess I don't see a greater terrorism risk from keeping them locked up. We should probably turn loose those who are wrongly held and deal with the consequences instead of holding them forever.
Now that America is safely settled into its conquest of the Middle East, maybe we can get some new oil refineries built and the prices at the pump will drop below $2 per gallon again.
[ Last edited by matt605 at 2006-3-5 01:56 PM ]