The USA could be seen as our friendliest long-standing ally, but reality is that a nation as large as the USA also needs to reactivate its economy of war to continue increasing its power and influence all over the world. Mr. Bush and friends may have been thinking that a large scale Middle East war in parity of conditions might be welcome as such could prove the effectiveness of the American weaponry, while at the same time provoking a thirst for more weapons. The only one who could truly call himself a winner out of a devastated ME would be the USA, as its position as a leader in the area would continue unmoved, yet we would all feel far more dependent from it for rearming all ourselves and to request it to intervene to 'preserve the balance'. When money is at stake, "loyalty" could become a word long gone with the wind...
Clashes in Nabi Saleh leave soldier, officer and Palestinian lightly wounded (Haaretz)
from the article: 'Bush sold Arab states arms in violation of deal with Israel'