03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

T. Boone Pickens Thinks America Should Just Take All Of Iraq's Oil

T. Boone Pickens has garnered much renown over the past two years with his "Pickens Plan" for energy independence, which basically reads: "America should start using all this natural gas I'm heavily invested in, so why not buy me a lucrative delivery infrastructure for it with taxpayer money?"

But, hey, here's a new aspect of Pickens' prescription for weaning America off foreign oil: Let's just agree that the oil trapped in the ground in Iraq, is now, magically, American oil! It's not like Iraq has a sovereign government that has to find a way to fix badly damaged Iraqi infrastructure that got destroyed for some reason!

Boone, speaking to the newly formed Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, complained that the Iraqi government has awarded contracts to foreign companies, particularly Chinese firms, to develop Iraq's vast reserves while American companies have mostly been shut out.

"They're opening them (oil fields) up to other companies all over the world ... We're entitled to it," Pickens said of Iraq's oil. "Heck, we even lost 5,000 of our people, 65,000 injured and a trillion, five hundred billion dollars."

Aw, heck and shucks and dagummit! We lost so many people and dollar bills in Iraq! Who can really say how any of that stuff came to pass? Anyway: GIVE US THE OIL. ALL OF IT.

Sadly, as ThinkProgress' Zaid Jelani notes, the United States is bound as a signatory to the Hague Conventions, which bar occupying forces from confiscating private property and "formally prohibits" anyone from "pillaging" an occupied nation. But doesn't international law understand anything about American exceptionalism?

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