Gen. Abizaid (ret.): The rise of Sunni extremism, burgeoning Shiite extremism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the world economy's dependency on Mideast oil will keep Americans in the Middle East for a long time, he said.

Do you suppose any of these are good reasons for being at war?

Why is Shiite extremism burgeoning? It wouldn't have anything to do with U.S. presence there, would it?

"I'm not saying this is a war for oil, but I am saying that oil fuels an awful lot of geopolitical moves that political powers may have there," Abizaid said. "And it is absolutely essential that we in the United States of America figure out how, in the long run, to lessen our dependency on foreign energy."

Nice metatphor, general.