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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-04 06:33 PM
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151. Just an aside from the main conversation, the lessons Iran and
other nations appear to have taken from the US's actions are that foreign invasions appear less likely if a nation can defend itself with nuclear weapons. North Korea has a strong military and suspected nuclear capability. Other nations observe that consequently it appears less likely to be a target for invasion.

Not that nations would not otherwise seek nuclear weapons, but it could be argued that US agression might in effect further encourage such efforts.

As for the oil, I figured the Bush Administration thought it could have a friendly gov't in place in Iraq and then have favored access if not indeed control of another major source of oil, thus having some measure of leverage against the Saudis. As well as perhaps other nations relying on oil imports, especially those in the region who got their oil from Iraq.
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