US oil interest will continue to be well looked after in Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador in Afghanistan has been nominated as the new US ambassador to Iraq, replacing John Negroponte.
Zalmay Khalilzad is of course closely linked with Cheney. He worked for UNOCAL, a US oil conglomerate, and was instrumental in arranging deals between the oil company and the Taliban, with the Administration's approval of course, before the Americans attacked their erstwhile ally, the Taliban Afghans.
He is also a core member of the Project For A New American Century (PNAC), a right wing pro-Israeli think tank, whose core members include Wolfowitz, Pearle, Eliot Abrams, Feith (some of the most powerful Jewish American chickenhawks), Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton, etc, who all called for the US to attack Iraq during Bill Clinton’s time. Except for Pearle, who fell on his own sword and left last year, all of them remain part of the Bush Administration.
We can see why Bush was so easily led by his nose into invading Iraq on a fabricated casus belli, that of non-existent WMDs and the invented al-Qaeda link.