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Was Iraq War About Oil

To what degree was the Iraq war about oil?

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 ---Ed on 4/8/07
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Iraq was and is about a number of things, Regime change, preventing a fundamentalist Islamic government from controlling Iraq which would destablise other governments in the area.

And yes it is about Oil, not only Oil in Iraq. But who controls OPEC. If Fundamentalist Islam control OPEC is will destroy the economy of Europe and hurt the US as well. And that has to be actively preempted at all cost.
---notlaw99 on 12/2/07

Come on, stop the trite slogans. Many of the nations opposed to ousting Saddam were strongly motivated by the cheap oil he provided in return for kickbacks. But do you hear the Leftmedia bleating, "pacificism was all about the oil"?

If the US wanted oil, it could have had Kuwait's for the taking. And if all the Demagogues would allow drilling in a tiny part of Alaska's ice desert, then most of their country's energy problems would be solved.
---Ktisophilos on 4/28/07

Golly, i dont care what the world thinks about the war...I strongly agree that God wanted war in one may understand but God wanted it there...
---mark on 4/27/07

MCM: I had a chance to invest in a company around the Green River Basin which covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. So I did look into it. Today, it's really expensive to extract shale oil from the ground, but new technology is on the horizon to extract it so everyone can afford it.
---Steveng on 4/27/07

Nellah ... So Saddamn was evil because he was only a year away from having a nuclear weapon? Since we have had nuclear weapons for over 50 years ... that must make us VERY evil!!
Incidentally, where is the evidence for your claim?
---alan_of_UK on 4/27/07

Has anyone ever heard about oil shale? We the US has more oil under our land then all the middle east put together. Its under the midwest, why dont we extract that oil. We wont be depended on foriegn oil anymore. If you havent heard about oil shale, look it up. Then we dont have to go to war for oil, we would already have the world oil here.
---MCM on 4/27/07

Three months before the war started, the LA Times listed seven reasons to go to war. The first was to stop the flow of money to terror groups (Saddam was paying $35,000 to each family of bombers). None was oil. I'm not saying it wasn't a reason. Almost everything we own depends on oil. Bush was just trying to protect our interest. If it wasn't for oil we wouldn't have medicine, medical supplies, computers, cars, food, housing, etc. Our lifestyle would be totally different.
---Steveng on 4/26/07

I honestly think it's plain and simple ... good versus evil. Saddam was a year away from having a nuclear weapon. His own lieutenant said the wmd's were taken into Syria. Saddam wasn't so innocent ....
---Nellah on 4/26/07

ED, Don't expect a response to your post true as it is, it's appalling that many, many years ago these people clearly children and women were being massacred with out mercy with no intervention, it bleeeds my heart, and still no answers. Thank God for forgiveness we have to understand that even when Christ did nothing and did not deserve to die he laid his life down for all sin and what is marvelous is he said ''Father forgive them they know not what they do''.
---Carla5754 on 4/24/07

When our troops comes home this is going to allow the terrorist to spend more time to plan attacks against us here at home. Right now all of their attention is focused in Araq and in other places. If God does not intervene, God help us all. It may take a while, do not go to sleep.
---catherine on 4/24/07

Notwal, "Ed, war over the control the supply of Oil and strategic economic resources is just prudent international politics, the military instrument is just an extension of foreign policy"
- Blood for oil you mean ?
---Ed on 4/9/07

How about Rwanda where half a million people - HALF A MILLION PEOPLE - were murdered in genocide and we in the west did nothing - NOTHING.
---Ed on 4/9/07

Randy ... Or Mugabe?
---alan_of_UK on 4/9/07

Randy, I said Regime Chang for very deliberate reasons. We tolerate and support a lot of dictatorial governments when it is in our national interest to do so. We also maintain a demonstrated capability to bring about changes in foreign governments when it is our national interest to do so.

Ed, war over the control the supply of Oil and strategic economic resources is just prudent international politics, the military instrument is just an extension of foreign policy.
---notlaw99 on 4/9/07

While this is just a personal opinion - I'd say about 90% of this war was about oil - a the begining. It may have dropped by now since it has gotten more compicated as a result of attacks on our own ground. No matter how you look at it, we, "have a tiger by the tail."
---WIVV on 4/9/07

"Regime change" - isn't this against international law ?

"which would destablise other governments in the area" - but Iraq has now burst into bitter civil war with more dying than under Saddam, Iran is now proving to be the real danger especially with a weak Iraq beside it, and The Palestinian-Israeli problem is more acute than before the invasion. After 4 years of war things are just getting worse, not better.

"it is about Oil" - surely wars over oil is evil ?
---Ed on 4/9/07

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Notlaw, if we were interested in toppling dictators why didnt we start with Saudi Arabia? I have lived there and their hate for us is obvious. Fourteen of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. I hope that you have not had to sacrifice any of your sons/daughters for this fight for oil. If you had sacrificed anything I think you would think differently.
---randy on 4/9/07

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