Thoughts on war restitution? I remember when we first went into Iraq, Bush stated that the war would be paid for with Iraqi oil. This plan was later abandoned, probably in order to strengthen the coalition. Now, the military has discovered amazing amounts of wealth in Afghanistan in the form of gold, lithium, iron and other metals: Report: Afghanistan Has Vast Deposits of Iron, Copper, Cobalt, Gold and Lithium I can see the dangers of reclaiming our cost of the war. I understand what a dangerous precedent that sets. I've just read that in Iraq, the Americans have gotten screwed on the new oil contracts and we continue to shell out a lot of money into a nation that is becoming increasing more prosperous. Is it fair for a nation to liberate people at a huge cost of wealth and lives and then get screwed? Are the liberated people just ungrateful or do they have good reasons to be less than happy to share the new wealth?