In response to:

We're in it for the Oil

absinthe48 Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 6:29 AM
The rise of China has changed the dynamics of the global oil market, as have increased domestic supplies of oil in the US due to the use of fracking techniques. Your comment assumes that governments act rationally in order to maximize their economic advantages, but we know that this is not true, as can be attested by the Bush Wars against Iraq and Chavez's behavior in Venezuela. There are geostrategic concerns that affect the behavior of states as much as purely financial considerations. And to what degree can the global market be considered an "open" market? I don't know. Please tell.

Based upon the past behavior of the United States regarding foreign policy, it became almost commonplace for us to covertly apply our influence in order to affect changes in government.  We’ve all seen enough CIA movies to know that the U.S. just doesn’t come clean and announce its intentions in regards to a conflict; we work in very clandestine ways. 

But lately, it seems the times have dramatically changed. 

In this day and age, it appears the U.S. picks a side, justifies it under humanitarian reasons which sounds a lot better than saying...