Of course the American invasion of Iraq was not unnecessary; it
was essential to protect oil resources for consumption by
I don't think any nation in the right mind is going to spend
billions of dollars over a prolonged period of time to ensure peace
and democracy in another nation. A short intervention by an
organization like the UN may sound reasonable but not what the US
has been doing.
I guess most of the others here would be offended by my views
about the US, but its just the way I feel about this.
I'm not so sure about this. If our invasion was
instigated to protect oil resources, than why aren't we getting
any? Why is oil more expensive than ever? If we were
really interested in just getting access to oil, we would have
lifted the embargo and let Saddam sell what he wanted. If we
had wanted to secure oil it was there for our taking after the war.
Nobody could have stopped us from "protecting" it, or
harvesting it under the guise of "paying us back for liberating
I'm not saying that, in the first gulf war, it wasn't a major
concern. If Saddam had rolled over the middle east he could have
gotten the world in a headlock. But once he was shoved back,
if oil was what we wanted, it would have been a lot easier to slap
him on the wrist and then let him start selling his oil again to
drive prices down.
I don't find your opinion offensive, just realistic. When
a nation has enough problems of its own it's hard to justify
dumping resources into someone else's problem. The Bush team
didn't think through the ramifications of the pond they were
jumping in to. They thought it would be an "in and out" kind of
thing. But once we got into the mess we started, we were
stuck with a moral obligation (and a security one) to stick it