It's not about oil

Is war in Iraq about oil?Let's be clear about the answer: no. To repeat: no. One more time: no.But at the time of this writing, within Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's 48 hr of opportunity to choose exile over war, a cynical assertion to the contrary persists. Opponents of the war, of the US, and of both, as well as conspiracy-theory gulls, insist that the US wants to force Saddam from power in order to control Iraq's oil fields.The view makes no sense. And US President George W. Bush has been clear about objectives of the threatened military campaign. Control of Iraq's oil fields isn't among them.Interest and engagementYes, oil makes Iraq and the Middle East vitally i...

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