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Success in Iraq

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Submitted by Peter Namtvedt (United States), Nov 11, 2006 at 21:10

My take, along with others, is that success for us is when the Iraqi oil is pumping at near full capacity, and is being sent to the world market. For Iraq success is the same plus the essential Islamic requirement being satisfied that Americans have left Islamic soil.

In American eyes, full success is when that stream of oil is sold for US dollars rather than Euros. That would put the frosting on. It is not oil profits per se that we are after.

It is not to keep Iraq out of OPEC, although that too would be frosting on the cake. It is the availability of more oil in the market and the stabilization of prices that would result. And I think this getting Iraqi oil to market is very important to us, until alternative energy sources are more fully developed.

Setting that oil free for Iraq should be accompanied with our armies leaving their land. That is the way to end the continual fomenting of enmity and desire by Muslims to terrorize us.

Peter Namtvedt


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