As part of our occasional post–September 11 series on terrorism, contributing editor Michael Klare examines the motives behind America's decision to make Iraq a central objective in the war on terrorism. “If concerns about weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the export of democracy do not explain the administration's determination to oust Saddam Hussein, what does? The answer [can be found in] the pursuit of oil and the preservation of America's status as the paramount world power.”
For Oil and Empire? Rethinking War with Iraq
Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2002). This essay is adapted from “The Coming War with Iraq: Deciphering the Bush Administration's Motives,” Foreign Policy in Focus, January 16, 2003. Copyright 2003 Michael T. Klare.
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Michael T. Klare; For Oil and Empire? Rethinking War with Iraq. Current History 1 March 2003; 102 (662): 129–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2003.102.662.129
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