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This is already SOP. In Washington, I suspect the neocons have always considered Iraq and Afghanistan to resource wars for oil, gas and drugs.

While EU support has been half-hearted in most countries, I'd guess most professional diplomats know a resource war when they see one, and they understand that the rhetoric about trrrrra was always a useful lie for public consumption.

The oil majors have been playing their own hard ball version of the Great Game around the Caspian and in the Middle East since the start of the last century.

You don't need a ground war to play bad cop. Assassinations, terrorism and political gerrymandering work just as well.

The EU currently has the advantage that as long as the US is prepared to do the overtly ugly stuff it can pretend to be a beacon of civilisation in a cruel world.

Considering how Iraq and Afghanistan have played out in the EU, I wouldn't expect that to last if US military dominance crumbles.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 07:56:51 AM EST
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