1) The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.
2) The desire for increased power and control over everyone in the world -- INCLUDING its own subjects (citizens).
Wars are profitable and America has to stay at war since the military industrial complex which dabeaner wrote about more or less controls the state of affairs in Washington.
Plus, Bush really thought he could "westernize" Iraq and the whole Middle East ... the donkey.
kinda like the old joke, "cause thats what we do"
There are so many reasons that exist in concert both deliberately and inadvertantly.
Reasons that are contradictory and reason that are complimentary.
This answer is not as much a cop-out as it may sound...the more interesting question is what is the proper action of the people in putative control of the government? As if.
Look up the lyrics of Times they are a changin and read with a totally negative spin...not a lot that can be done.
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