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Only one impediment to total U.S. control of the Middle East: Iran

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A war is raging in the Middle East but, at least for now, it only involves words rather than bullets and bombs. This war of words, with Israel and the U.S. on one hand and Iran on the other, is highly dangerous in itself as it continues to fan the flames of enmity and mistrust. The entire world, war weary as it is, watches in fear and apprehension, hoping that it will not witness yet another massive military conflict that could ignite a Middle East inferno.

Israel and Iran have been locked in an ideological impasse for decades, but there is much more involved with this tenuous situation. The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) is one of the world's leading research organizations on energy security. By projecting current oil production levels, it estimates that by 2020, 83% of global oil reserves will be controlled by Middle Eastern nations; primarily, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

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The Middle East region, over the next two decades, will increase its share of total world oil reserves significantly because nations such as Russia, Mexico, U.S., Norway, China and Brazil will see their reserves greatly diminish. At that point, the Middle East will become the world's major crude oil reservoir.

Based on that probability it now becomes crystal clear why the Bush administration invaded and occupied Iraq, which has the fourth largest oil reserves in the world. The U.S. is now firmly entrenched in Iraq with the largest U.S. embassy in the world, numerous military bases throughout the country and a very cooperative client government. While a substantial number of troops might exit Iraq by the end of 2011, you can bet that a permanent military presence, let's say about 40,000 troops, will remain in Iraq for an indefinite period of time.

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Iran is the only Middle Eastern nation with substantial oil reserves that remains completely independent of U.S. influence or control. It finds itself in a precarious position because of that fact and because it remains in the crosshairs of both Israel and the U.S. over its nuclear program.

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