Seriously, does any reasonable person still think we went into Iraq to steal the oil? That was the mantra for years after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and I'm still hearing it today, though admittedly not as often.
No Blood for Oil! Those were the words on the placards brandished by anti-war protestors over the years, and a lot of people apparently believed it. I've always found it hard to understand why anyone would take such a claim seriously, as our gasoline prices continued to climb. If we were stealing Iraqi oil, why didn't our fuel prices go down?
I suppose Bush and Cheney kept the money for themselves, eh? Sure, that must be it.
But now...now Barack Obama is complaining that Iraq should pay for the cost of our military effort, citing $80 BILLION dollars of surplus oil revenues!
Okay, maybe I'm just ignorant, but...how does that work again? We steal the oil, our gas prices continue to rise, Bush and Cheney pocket the (stolen) profits, and Iraq still makes a surplus from oil sales?
I'm sorry, what did you say? I still don't get it.
In a similar vein, does anybody really still believe the 2000 election was stolen by George W. Bush? I mean, seriously. I still hear that from angry leftists, and even politically benign others. How long does it take for a fallacious rumor to die a natural death?
Overlooking the fact that several ballot counts were completed before the January 2001 inauguration and Bush won every count, has no one taken notice that every major news media in America, from the Wall Street Journal to the National Enquirer and all the cable and broadcast networks also conducted their own counts after the fact? Every count came up with a different number, but in every case, Bush had more Florida votes than Al Gore.
Look, folks, it was a dynamic mess from the moment the news media declared, undeclared, and redeclared a Bush victory before the polls had even closed, thereby causing many voters to skip the polls in the belief the election was over. From that moment on it only got worse, with lawsuits and court judgments and questionable tactics by the Florida Supreme Court (and, many will add, perhaps even the U.S. Supreme Court). It was a living nightmare for week after week, but in spite of all the posturing on both sides and the deliberate efforts by the democrats to disenfranchise the military vote...when it was all over, Bush won. Pure and simple.
If the final count had been by a margin of one, Bush was still the winner. For better or for worse, love him or hate him, Florida cast their majority vote for George W. Bush.
It was a long time ago, eight years at this writing. It's time to grow up. Let it go!