IRAQ = OIL = GASOLINE
A country that is literally in the cradle of civilization that happens to sit upon the third largest deposit of oil (fossil fuels) in the world. Further, the oil is very close to the surface of the earth. This means extracting the oil is less costly than anywhere else in the world. Add to this the hydrocarbon laws that are about to be passed by the installed Iraqi government, giving total access to the US and their allies to said fossil fuel and, you have IRAQ. The 51st state of the United States!
IRAQ is a third world country which has oil that the United States desires.