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Byline: CORY REISS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON -- The specter of war in Afghanistan and jitters about the Middle East have revived the debate in Congress about oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Drilling advocates believe the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will push the Bush administration closer to energy producers.
"The political spectrum on which those issues were looked at on the 11th, is out the window," said Mike Franc, a government analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Drilling opponents maintain it's wrong to link energy and global trade with the attacks.
"Let's don't use the umbrella of protecting ourselves against terrorism to eliminate adequate and full debate on the real factors that govern issues from energy …