Come, come now children. Did we really think *any* *thing* *else* was an option? When 'we' entered Iraq (and i have no issues with a savage dictator being overthrown - my bitch is that they should have finished the job the first time!) that the yanks had anything else in mind - OTHER THAN rolling around the middle east and taking them all out? Iraq was chosen as the 'porch' for the forces as they are pally with Kuwait which is effectively 51st state!
I heard a politician say on Radio 4 at the time, after being asked what OPEC meant for Free Trade he said and I quote 'I dont think OPEC can survive the changes coming to the middle east' I knew then, and I know know it will happen!