SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY… Just as Iraq was never a central front in the war on terror until we made it so by invading, so too, apparently, is it now a war for oil. At least that’s what the president seemed to say in a speech yesterday:

If Zarqawi and bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks; they’d seize oil fields to fund their ambitions; they could recruit more terrorists by claiming an historic victory over the United States and our coalition.

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Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. He was an editor at the magazine from 1986 to 1988.