When I was in elementary school, my teacher taught our class about the food pyramid and the importance of a balanced, healthy diet. If we were going to grow up to be big and strong, we needed to eat the right amount of food from each of the basic food groups: grains at the base of the pyramid, fruits and vegetables on the second tier, meats and dairy diary products third, and fats, oils, and sweets, the smallest portion, at the top.
While we weren’t paying attention, post-war Iraq grew into a major force in the global oil market. Reaching a 30-year high, its production and exports have climbed steadily since 2011—making Iraq the second largest producer in OPEC, the seventh globally. The International Energy Agency (EIA) has forecast that Iraq has the fifth-largest proven oil reserves.