What little I know indicates a fundamental difference in religious belief...
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
I'm not saying that gas prices aren't up, just that any turmoil in Iraq isn't the cause. Oil is a global market, which includes production and consumption. And the idea that U.S. gas prices will TRIPLE (which NP said when he made his $10/gal claim) is preposterous.
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Since the USA gets most oil from Canada and Latin America, I see little value in occupying Iraq, though the Iraqi refugees are sometimes interesting. I met an artist who trained at a school in Baghdad. His family had been sent to the USA after America destroyed and upturned his homeland. Though frankly it probably sucks as an artist to lose your entire life reference and culture.
"Groups with guitars are on the way out, Mr. Epstein"
Dick Rowe, A & R man
Losing a few fields in northern Iraq won't affect the aggregate over the next year or so because the producers will make sure there's only enough being refined to keep the prices up. But over time they are still worthwhile commodities, especially if Iraq loses more fields or conflict spreads.
There wasn't much serious conflict affecting us over there before the 2003 Invasion. We had successfully tamped down the Taliban in Afghanistan and should've came home.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
If we could take out key leaders, we could disrupt enemy forces, and give Iraqi military the chance to regroup and bring the fight back to the enemy. We could also provide air support.
There is a need for stability there and a government that has all of the citizens best interest in mind (This is not what Maliki is doing) but just doing nothing is going to lead to ethnic cleansing on a massive scale and once groups like ISIS can eliminate/subdue the opposition they can set up a government of their own where they will start conducting operations outside of their border just like AQ did in Afghanistan. Except ISIS would now have Iraqs oil resources to fund their operations as well as the equipment left behind the Iraqi military.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville