I questioned "US is there for oil" argument until I hit upon this:http://www.economist.com/node/15825780
and little more context from here: http://www.boston.com/news/specials/oil_in_africa/
_"15% of oil ... comes from Africa... 25% in next 10 years."_
Not surprising, just sad that we're actively putting big question marks on our national character by sending troops there in the name of humanitarian assistance. I know some people think the U.S. has done worse in recent past, but this is really a bad way to promote a national interest when globalization is so blatantly apparent. You don't act in a way that others would question your integrity... oh, is that a line from Greg Smith's recent rant? Sorry, didn't mean to plagiarize, but it seems like everyone in the U.S. has gone through the same school to be so like-minded for some reason... what happened to all those efforts of William Bennett? Oh, didn't he make a significant impact in American culture? Not even a dent? I guess we're reaping what we've been sowing. Let's start sowing something better.