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``Mr. Trump said that the United States should have taken Iraq's oil. It is an assertion that he made a few weeks ago, and one that was roundly criticized at the time. Seizing Iraq's oil -- or the resources of any country -- is illegal under international law, and doing so would have likely prompted condemnation from around the world. In purely practical terms, seizing Iraq's oil would have required tens of thousands of American troops to protect Iraq's oil infrastructure, which is spread out across the country and largely above ground.
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