Wren Osborn wrote:
> If we reduced our dependence on foreign oil there would be (should be)
> less pressure on our political processes.
While I agree with the rest of the post, I disagree with this sentence.
The 'pressure' on political processes is grounded in the need to
_control_ energy sources (against all comers, but particularly against
China, European Union, and Japan). Kissinger long ago stated the desire
for permanent u.s. military forces in the mideast, a goal only partially
attained by the first Gulf War.
We are dealing with imperialism (including inter-imperialist rivalry)
not just "business needs" or domestic needs. Anti-war forces need to
keep in mind that this goal of the war could be achieved _without_
achieving a stable post-war Iraq. A balkanized Iraq, with U.S. forces in
just one or two of the pieces, would do as well or better.