Oil, war, and Iraq

In much of the world, people think the US wants to invade Iraq to control Iraqi oil. It doesn't matter to them that US citizens would never support military action undertaken on behalf of oil. It doesn't matter that the US doesn't need control of oil; it just needs oil to be available in trade. And it doesn't matter that any attempt by the US to control Iraqi oil would incur unacceptable costs and risks.Yet the US can't afford to ignore this unflattering view. The concern should guide its behavior once Iraqi President Saddam Hussein falls from power. If it leads an invasion of Iraq to oust Saddam, as seems likely, the US will have to keep troops in the country to enfor...

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