From “Noam Chomsky’s new book INTERVENTIONS”:http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=13383
bq. The real reason for the invasion, surely, is that Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world, very cheap to exploit, and is at the heart of the world’s major hydrocarbon resources. The issue is not access to those resources but control of them (and for the energy corporations, profit). As Vice President Dick Cheney observed last May (2006), control over energy resources provides “tools of intimidation or blackmail”—in the hands of others, that is.