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You're looking for a single factor explanation of the result of a confluence of different factors. There were lots of forces pushing the Bush administration into the war, and not enough pushing them away. Thus the war.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 07:29:56 AM EST
A partial list ...

  • Domestic political advantage of an easy win - which they expected.
  • Lots of business for their friends.
  • Validation of the neo-con project. These guys were comitted to the idea that Saddam was a "bad guy" and that they had a right and duty to "take him out".
  • Prestige.
  • War is a good cover for expanding power. "War leader"
  • Oil.
  • Add your own ...
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 07:35:34 AM EST
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All of these except oil are tactical factors.

In strategic terms I believe that it is necessary to look at US foreign policy in the last 100 years through the prism of energy security.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 08:12:58 AM EST
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Or maybe energy securing...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 08:22:12 AM EST
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Which is the general conclusion I came to.

As far as I can tell, there was no central organizing principle behind the thing. Which doesn't make me feel any better because it's kinda sad, all the reasons (rationalizations) people can come up with for going to war.

The diary is title so for a reason. Thanks for your input.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Tue Apr 28th, 2009 at 10:22:00 AM EST
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Oh, and you can't take what they'll be saying from now on as any guide as to why they did it in the first place - memory plays funny games with us.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 at 07:36:27 AM EST
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