The three parts you highlighted:Russ claims that Iraq people are better off now than they were during the pre-war period because GDP now is 5 times and the GDP is indirectly telling the better living standards.
However, my claim is that the GDP is high because the US is involved in the Iraq economy or Iraq is under the US occupation as I highlighted the US government efforts. Iraq people living standards and current GDP are not linked. It is hard to determine the current living standards of people relative to pre war standards. While, I agree Iraq will be better off eventually at some moment but not with the present instability.
1. The Iraq economy is booming, according to the Bush administration.
2. The US government is involved in attracting small & medium businesses to Iraq
3. The US lifted sanctions on Iraq
The first has essentially nothing to do with the US. The second is a structural change that will be in effect even if the US leaves immediately (to what extent it works at all, but I digress). The third is a structural change that will remain after a US pullout.
Of the three, only one involves the US in any major way (the third). None involve the US injecting cash into the Iraqi economy. I'm really not sold on your point.