The Iraq war was about oil, and the British and US governments talked with oil companies about Iraq during the lead-up to the 2003 invasion. This was obvious at the time, and now we have new information proving the British part of the story. People who said the war was about weapons of mass destruction or Saddam=Hitler or whatever were never really saying what they really thought. What they were saying, under their words about Iraq, was “I will bow to power. If I ever made the mistake of developing independent observation and critical thinking, I will cease to use them on request. Please hire me.”
It’s the same thing that many people in the political class say every day.
Please keep it in mind when reading news about other countries, especially those that export oil.