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October 28, 2005



It may also be the case that the US was less than gung-ho about a non-military outcome: no invasion, no direct control over Iraqi oil, and no realization of neo-con fantasies about controlling the Middle East and bringing US-style democracy to the Arabs.


I'm not sure what exactly you think "fell apart at the last minute", a deal to avoid the war? The US had made it clear that it would invade regardless of whether Saddam took exile or not, so if somebody indeed proposed to strike such a bargain it was flatly rejected.

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