“Americans may wonder, too, whether it is worth it, noted Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Mr. Bush’s Iraq coordinator and the author of ‘Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power.’

“‘Many Americans think U.S. interests in protecting Middle Eastern oil supplies have dramatically declined,’ she said on Tuesday.

“‘They are largely wrong about this,’ she said, ‘but certainly, most Americans think the days of going to war over oil are in the past…’”

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