Getting above the fray for a moment, we will not engage in discussion of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and instead call a spade a spade. The entire war is between the US Dollar and the Euro.
We are like the pugilistic little boy who only knows fisticuffs as a solution, and cannot mature past that. Meanwhile, the world is moving on.
Representative Jack Murtha said of the nation that actually won the war in Iraq:
"The Chinese, Murtha said, have become our strategic competitors for oil. "They're all over Africa because of Nigeria's oil supplies. They're all over Iran. They're all over Venezuela, competing with us for oil (Selling a Military Budget that will "Make the Rubble Bounce.)"
The U.S. needs oil and a stable economy, too, but our choice is to antagonize Iran and Venezuela at every opportunity. U.S. policy alienates all of the major oil producers except Saudi Arabia, which occupies a favored position in the Bush family of patriots.
U.S. actions are not those of a free market competitor but rather those of a hostile, martial power. So what actually dictates U.S. foreign policy?