Smith, Pamela Ann
August 2003
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p32
Despite protestations to the contrary, evidence is mounting that the U.S. and Great Britain are resolved to push ahead with securing future oil supplies by any means. Those two indefatigable allies in the invasion and conquest of Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush and Great Britain's prime minister Tony Blair, may have succeeded in linking the Iraq conflict with the war on terrorism in the eyes of Americans. But while both denied that it was also linked with oil, the evidence is mounting that the reverse is true. More importantly than just a quest to control Iraq's own massive oil fields, it has to do with the Bush Administration's new global energy policies, including the goal of reducing U.S. reliance on oil from the Arab and Islamic states of the Middle East and North Africa, a policy that also appears to have the support of some senior figures in the Blair government.


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