I've mentioned many times that the U.S. Army would not be in Iraq if Iraq's biggest export were turnips rather than oil. Turns out that the Preznit agrees. Says Dear Leader: It's about the oil, stupid!
Man, this is a relief. I was being driven almost nuts by the Bush administration's many "reasons" for the war that had nothing to do with the best interests of America and Americans, and by actions undertaken in Iraq which seemingly had nothing to do with securing those vital oil supplies (e.g., the actions in Fallujah -- there's no oil in Fallujah!). Now that the truth is out -- it's about the oil -- we can actually do things that are rational, rather than calculated to make bogus "reasons" look plausible.
As for the "no war for oil" crowd, they're eating food that was transported using oil, probably drive a car fueled by oil, use a computer whose primary component (plastic) is solidified oil, and otherwise would be in deep doo-doo about oil. If we are to be an empire, then, by golly, let us do it right and let people know that we're going to simply take what we need to fuel our empire. None of these half-measures where we pretend to be a democracy and thus don't do the job right. While I miss the days of the American republic, I reluctantly conclude that those days are past, and all I can do is comment upon imperial comptence. In that regard, the Chimperor coming clean is one of the most optimistic signs that I've seen in eons.
-- Badtux the Cynical Penguin