Mark LeVine is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Sweden. His most recent book, with ambassador Mathias Mossberg, is One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States (UC Press, 2014).
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.