Okay, the Marshall Plan has been mentioned many times recently as some sort of catch-all excuse for everything happening in the Middle East. In fact, one user (who doesn't actually know anything about the Marshall Plan) tends to simply answer everything about Iraq with "It's the Marshall Plan, idiot!". Now, for those who don't know (including the one who keeps mentioning it), the Marshall Plan was a scheme from the late 1940s to bolster western Europe against the "growing Communist threat". That's pretty much it. American money going to Europe to bolster economies which were troubled after WW2. http://www.marshallfoundation.org/about_gcm/marshall_plan.htm Sorry russ, but you're off track again.