Just listen to retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to [Secretary of State] Colin Powell. In a speech in Washington last year, Wilkerson, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s unilateralism, revealed a plan that was far more ambitious—and ominous. “We had a discussion in policy-planning about actually mounting an operation to take the oil fields in the Middle East, internationalize them, put them under some sort of U.N. trusteeship, and administer the revenues and the oil accordingly. That’s how serious we thought about it,” he said. — Cynthia Tucker