Because imagine the mischief they would cause if they did...
Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP.
"There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.
"The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said, adding that such incidents occur quite frequently.
Nice Obamaesque response there, Mr. Spokesman. Did you leave your balls on the plane, or is that just the president speaking through you?
An official of the state-owned South Oil Co in the southeastern city of Amara, and west of the field, said: "An Iranian force arrived at the field early this morning (Friday).
"It took control of Well 4 and raised the Iranian flag even though the well lies in Iraqi territory," the official added.
....the Iraqis are "very concerned about the Iranians pulling oil out of fields underneath Iraq."
Iran has prevented Iraqi oil officials from reaching the well in the past, an industry source said.
The Iraqis have accused Iran of firing on their people, something Tehran has denied.
While Obama is in Copenhagen, fighting phantoms, a real enemy moves on us, testing our mettle, probing our response, all the while building a weapon darker and more evil than anything unleashed in half a century.
We will suffer, and history will judge...