OK... I agree with the title of this article but I’m still p*ssed-off that W & Administration agreed that all of that oil revenue would go to the Iraqi people... At a MINIMUM, royalties should have gone to the people of the USA for a decade or two (or until the cost of that freeing Iraq enterprise was fully returned). JMHO.
Do not let hindsight lead your thinking here.
At the time, the Senate Majority Leader was assuring us the Iraqi war was lost, Cindy Sheehan was camped out at the Western White House, and Code Pink was assailing Condi Rice with bloody hands. The driveby media was showing nude prisoner pyramids daily as if Bush himself lined them up like that.
Add to this the fact that no one in the Bush administration would defend themselves—we didn’t go toe to toe with the media, the Left and the dems (redundant, I know) and they were able to set the public’s thinking against us.
The democrats won big in 2006 due to this, and had we taken the oil, all Hell would have broken loose.
We were lucky to get the Surge going despite all of the above, and the fact that the Iraqi Sunnis themselves got tired of the fighting.