One of the most excellent articles I've ever read concerning why President Bush invaded Iraq. By logic and evidence, the author effectively blows the left's claim of "war for oil" out of the water.
The author makes no conclusion about the right or wrong, just presents an actual evidential discussion about the reasons. A long read, 22 pages in pdf format, but a real eye opener.
What was it all about after all? The causes of the Iraq war
From the article:
"The ‘war for oil’ argument errs, however, on logical and evidential grounds. As some observers have pointed out, if all the Bush administration cared about was oil, it would have lifted sanctions on Iraq’s oil sales and cut deals with Saddam instead of invading the country. Such a policy would have satisfied both the oil companies and America’s long-term needs for oil. Moreover, there is no evidence that oil companies lobbied the Bush administration to topple the Saddam regime. In fact, prior to 9/11, the oil lobby in Washington generally favoured the relaxation of US restrictions on Iraq, not Saddam’s removal. After 9/11, most oil companies were
wary about the Iraq war because they were worried that the war could bring instability to the Gulf."
"Eliminating a major potential source of WMD for Al Qaeda by overthrowing the Saddam regime was only one reason, and likely not the most important one, for going to war with Iraq. The reasons for the Bush administration’s war decision went beyond Iraq. As an aid to Cheney admits, ‘The imminence of the threat from Iraq’s WMD was never the real issue [for us]. WMD were on our minds, but they weren’t the key thing. What was really driving us was our overall view of terrorism, and the strategic conditions of the Middle East’."