That any plans by that crowd would have had anything to do with the succeeding administrations actions a decade later is laughably preposterous.
Administrations come and go, true. But some 'things' always stay the same since they do not depend on the current administration. Besides, there was a reason why that plan was made. Just because it was a different administration, does not mean the reason was no longer valid - US foreign policy has been pretty consistent throughout all these years and all the different administrations.
France in particular was quite exuberant in their participation, launching the plurality of airstrikes.
Sarkozy was quite the 'cowboy' (perhaps to make up for his own small stature). He loved everything to do with the US. And Blair was not much different - Blair, Bush and Sarkozy. What a trio!
The UK even outspent us, and no one outspends us on anything...
Iraq, like much of the Middle East, is three factions, Kurd, Sunni Arab, and Shia Arab. We owe this to the way the UK split them up, so they are indeed at fault for such things.
They all hate each other, they're all tribal cultures, and they all want their own country. The Kurds want Kurdestan, the Shia and Sunni Arabs just want to be running Iraq.
No contest about that here, as you know if you read my previous post regarding Arab tribal mentality.
Bush had this idea that we could set up a stable democracy in a tribal shit hole filled with three groups that loath each other on principle and have a long history of murdering each other by the thousands. Hence the crazy idea.
You see, I don't buy that. At all. I don't think Bush cared a tiny bit about what happened to the Iraqis. That 'lets bring Democracy to the savages' was just a poor excuse to start the war. Personally he wanted revenge for the attempt on his father's life, that I believe.
The US currently has somewhere around 60% of the reserve currency, with the Euro being the next largest chunk. No hyper inflation came with the UK losing their status as the reserve currency of choice, and they were once in an even larger position. What decline they suffered precipitated the loss of their position in the market, it did not come as a result.
Completely different situation. The UK at the time was not using Fiat currency, its currency was backed by its gold reserves. If the Petrodollar system collapses (and it will, sooner or later) the US will lose its permission to simply print more money to get out of financial holes. The number of dollars in existence will then far surpass actual demand (since they are no longer required to buy oil), and you know how the law of supply and demand works: the value of the dollar will *suddenly* come tumbling down. This is the classical definition of hyperinflation: extremely rapid or out of control inflation.
Furthermore, the petrodollar allows the US to buy oil with a currency that it can print at will. When that is no longer true, it will have to pay for oil in something that has REAL value.