An LFTC reader raises strong objection to my Ann on Ocsar Night 3/3 posting. He writes that I fail to grasp the centrality of the role of oil in our foreign policy. Hamid Karzai is, in his view, tainted by oil connections, as is our policy in Iraq. As part of my answer here is a 3/4 op-ed by classics scholar Victor Davis Hanson. And soldier-scholar Ralph Peters reports that things are much better in Iraq than reported in the USA. Locals--many, at least--love us. We not not ultimately prevail, but we are very much in the game. Also see also my Afghan--and American--Attitudes posting in today's LFTC, showing positive Afghan support for the US and for Karzai.