It was always about the oil
THIS just in from the "Really? No one saw this one coming?" department.
Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.
Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.
Saddam comes to power, kicks the western oil companies out. The US invades a sovereign nation, overthrows its government, murders its leaders, and all of a sudden western oil companies have oil contracts again. But by all means, keep believing it was about terrorism and WMDs, and protecting innocent Iraqis from genocide.
And speaking of genocide against the Iraqi people, the US is very rapidly catching up on Saddam's kill count. Lets see how long it takes for that to show up in the news.
nytimes article - linky