The real reason we fought the British was to break free of unlawful and burdensome taxes.
We fought the British again in 1812 because they kept stealing our sailors and ships.
We fought the Civil War to free slaves. Whether we like to admit it or not, that war crippled and destroyed the South and provided legions of cheap labor for factories in the North. For all their talk of freedom for the slaves, Northern states continued to oppress blacks with substandard working conditions and poor wages.
The real reason we fought Hitler is because he kept destroying our Atlantic shipping, and cut us off from European financial markets.
The real reason we fought Japan is because Pearl Harbor showed us they can destroy our Pacific Rim trade in oil, minerals, and rubber.
Some say the real reason we fought in Korea and Vietnam was to protect oil, mining, manufacturing, and rubber.
Since we have fought wars in the past because of trade, why should it be any problem then that we are in Iraq to secure stability in the Middle East, an oil producing region?
It never ceases to amaze me how liberal moonbats shriek "no blood for oil," when almost every war we have fought in our nation's history has had an economic foundation. Then the liberal moonbats take the freeway on the way home, one driver per car and no carpooling. They love to fly noisy, smog pumping airplanes to Washington to vote in Congress against the war in Iraq, shrieking "no blood for oil."
Call me a realist. I feel no shame in declaring "Hell Yeah -- defend the oil!" What is vital to the security and safety of the United States is worth what it costs to defend. Liberals on the other hand, want to enjoy all the benefits of modern petroleum use, but don't want to pay the price.