Essays on The United States Went to War with Iraq to Gain Control of the Oil Industry Case Study

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The paper 'The United States Went to War with Iraq to Gain Control of the Oil Industry" is a good example of a military case study.   The Global War on terrorism began as a fight against the organization that perpetrated the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001, but soon became a much more ambitious enterprise, encompassing, an invasion and occupation of Iraq. As part of the war on terrorism, the United States has committed not only to rid the world of terrorism as a means of violence but also to transform Iraq into a prosperous democratic beacon for the rest of the autocratically ruled and economically stagnant Middle East to follow.

After September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the U. S. Government declared a global war on terrorism (GWOT). Oil in Iraq The four big firms located in the US and the UK have been enthusiastic to get back into Iraq. From the time of foray and occupation of Iraq, in 2003, much has altered. In the new set-up, with the show being run by Washington, "friendly" companies anticipate achieving most of the productive oil deals that will result in hundreds of billions of dollars worth profits in the decades to come.

The 2005 Iraqi constitution ensures major participation of foreign companies. Iraq's future about politics is very much unstable but oil remains the central feature of the political backdrop. In Addicted to Oil, while the 2003 invasion of Iraq is explicable in terms of a number of oil-related factors it was a one-off bid to plunder Iraq’ s natural resources. "By 2010 we will need [a further] 50 million barrels a day.

The Middle East, with two-thirds of the oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize lies. " - Oil and WarOil and War in Iraq have been inextricably intertwined. Here is a statement from The Age of Turbulence, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil estimated in the mid-1990s that Iraq could produce six million barrels per day within seven years of ending the UN embargo, with $30 billion in foreign investment. In Iraq & International Oil System, Stephen adds significantly to the literature on both the international oil system and the Gulf War.

Instead of making Iraq an open economy fueled by a booming oil sector, the war has failed to improve the flow of oil from Iraq's giant well-mapped reservoirs, which oil experts say could competitor Saudi Arabia's and generate 6 million barrels a day, if not more. In Blood & Oil, Joanne quoted that It is one of the extraordinary paradoxes of this past century that oil, a resource that exists only in limited quantity, should be one of the major ingredients to fuel the global economy.

In Blind Into Baghdad, Fallows examines how the war in Iraq undercut the larger "war on terror" and why Iraq still had no army two years after the invasion.


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