My point is that you may as well see the greater issues at stake than simple resources that will always be involved. To think that after ridding ourselves and the ME of Hussein wasn't going to offer some kick back is foolish. Even keeping him on his throne as his people starved to death throughout the 90s was about oil stability. I know that was more than acceptable to people that looked the other way until 2003, but it's all the same manipulations for resource stability and regional social escalating chaos. I'm pretty sure you are older than me, so how is it that you pretend that oil in the Middle East is an anomaly to history?