The print media have published maps showing the build-up of U.S. military bases in the ‘oil patch’ running from Saudi Arabia through Iraq and the “stans.” What’s in prospect here is a geo-strategic interest in dominating a region, not simply grabbing a concession in Iraq. No specific oil asset (or means of conveyance, like a pipeline or port) is the lynchpin for the policy. It’s the whole shootin match. The world economy depends on the output of this region for the foreseeable future. There could hardly be a larger prize.
We’ll be checking so don’t use the time to skip out and smoke a joint in the parking lot.