| Why did we invade Iraq?--no really. In the eighties we were allied on the side of Iraq against Iran. I have a picture of Rumsfeld hugging Saddam. There are totalitarian strong-men all over the world. There are oppressed people all over the world. So why Iraq?
It was known by many analysts that of the middle-eastern nations, Iraq was one of the most secular, had women in high office, and did not sympathize with Ben-laden. It is also a fact, that in the last five-six years, the oil companies, like Exxon, have enjoyed a financial wind-fall. It is a fact that Halliburton, of which Dick Cheney was president, has enjoyed no-bid billion dollar contracts while other, less insider firms, have been shut out.
On top of this unsavory smorgasbord is the fact that having made the decision to invade Iraq, based on defiance of UN mandates, but against the consent and support of the UN, Bush, when asked the difference between a Shiite and Sunni, could not answer the question. Imagine putting hundreds of thousands of lives at stake and not knowing or understanding anything about what you're doing. This is the man and the organization that the US public voted into office in 2004 to keep them safe. They have run the war with the same honesty and skill with which they have run the economy. And if the war was about oil, imagine this last staggering fact, after this war, which has cost the US over a Trillion dollars, 4000 soldiers killed, almost 40,000 injured, with no end in sight, without even a definition of what it means to win, the price of a barrel of oil has gone from $24 in 2002 to $110 today. Wouldn't it have been cheaper just to cut an honest contract with Iraq for its oil, like any savvy business would?
Anyway, here is a Washington Post article on A Crude Case for War