I've thought for a long time now that Iraq was only ever about money. I've thought that the entire Bush cabal was only ever about money. That group saw trillions of dollars available in the U.S. treasury and decided they had to have it for themselves and their friends. Iraq has been nothing more than a delivery system of U.S. taxpayer money into their hands. This article from Rolling Stone does a good job describing some of the worst offenses in Iraq. The article is lengthy, but well worth the time to read it.
For me, the key line in this story is this:
George W. Bush's war in the Mesopotamian desert was an experiment of sorts, a crude first take at his vision of a fully privatized American government.Bush and his crowd would love to privatize any and every service the government provides. Our deplorable health care system in this country is a prime example of what happens when a public service becomes a for-profit venture. BushCo have been trying to undermine faith in the federal government for the last 6 years by not being there when the citizens expect them to. The response to Katrina is a good example of that. The lies about Social Security being insolvent in such a short amount of time, and therefore the need to privatize it immediately, is another good example. The less faith people have in the government the more they will turn to private enterprise. Eventually they will simply come to expect private enterprise to take care of what used to be a government service. In the end it all comes down to this regime trying to get its hands on taxpayer money.