Mark LeVine, associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil (Oneworld).
While political pressure is mounting for a pullout from Iraq, the
subject of total withdrawal remains unbroachable within the
political establishment. Control of the Iraq's oil reserves, from the
beginning, was the Bush Administration's real reason for this war.