After reading a few posts from other threads accusing slick Willy Clinton of running out of Somalia. What about this. I seem to recall the late great Ronald Reagan cutting and running in Beruit after a few hundred Marines were blown to pieces while they slept in their racks. Where was the good old conservative, neocon, christian, republican, kill them all, chicken hawk agenda after that? Why wait until after 911 to take the war to the terrorists publicly? I also seem to recall part of Reagan's foreign policy in Beruit not allowing the Marines on guard at the front gates to be "locked and loaded". Marines can't stop speeding suicide truck bombers with empty weapons now can they? Who's political genius was behind that decision? Then there was Reagan and Bush Senior placing all of the blame on Oliver North for the Iran/Contra scandal. This probably had something to do with the WMD's Saddam was supposed to have this time that we provided to certain groups back then to keep Iran and Syria in line. North if anything was following orders as Marines do, especially Marines who had spotless records previously. It seems as though in fact Slick Willy deployed more troops more often than any other president, despite these deployments being smaller affairs than todays. Of course these deployments had little to do with oil. Clinton also had planes in the air headed straight to North Korea to bomb the s*** out of them until last minute negotiations delayed WWIII. Bush won't touch North Korea for fear of pissing China off again. China is probably going to reaquire Taiwan again too and there's little other than a few battle ships and more arms sales going on to prevent it. But then consider this. If the US gains control of the energy resources in the Middle East and creates a stable puppet government. Think of the riches to be made slling these energy resources to China who will by far surpass our energy consumption in the next 20 years. Consider India's future demand too. China and India seem to be next in line to achieve non third world status. That's where all of the jobs are going to aid in developing their countries and create more demand for resources. So, who's going to try the hardest to capitalize on the global energy market? There's good reason why Haliburton is the number 1 contractor in Iraq.