Hans Blix, the former chief United Nations weapons inspector, fears that the United States has a secret plan to keep its troops in Iraq.
Dr Blix, speaking in Sydney, said:
"One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq.
One reason why they wanted in was that they felt they must leave Saudi Arabia.
After the Gulf War in 1991 they left their troops in Saudi Arabia to protect pipelines. And when they felt they could no longer stay in Saudi Arabia, Iraq was the next best place because it was more secularised than Saudi Arabia and had the second biggest oil reserves in the region."
Whilst it may be the intention of the current administration in Washington to remain in Iraq, it may not be the intention of the people of the US. In one year's time there will be a new president elect, and the true intentions of the US may then become a little clearer.