Interesting article by Neve Gordon.
Essentially, the idea is that "Democracy" in Iraq is just a ploy to get Iraqis who are sympathetic to the US (or who think the US can give them power) to do all of the hard lifting while we control the resources of Iraq. Or more precisely, while those with political connections control the resources of Iraq. So we can reduce the expense of occupying Iraq, while making certain that US economic interests are protected.
That is all.