It's been reported that the looting was an "inside" job, meaning they had keys to certain vaults.
Also the actual amount of looting was not as severe as first reported, the Iraqis were stealing from themselves. Hopefully they will get the pieces stolen back, the FBI is sending agents to Baghdad to help.
Also the US had more important things to do besides guard a freaking muesuem, the Syrains let bus loads of Arab Suicide squads into Iraq. These foreign fighters were still shooting and killing Americans even as Baghdad was celebrating it's liberation.
Again if the French or someone else wanted to send someone to guard the mueseums they should have, instead acts of obstructionism from France and Turkey who would not let the 4th Infantry division open a second front made the war much harder to execute.
The war would have been over quicker, with more security if Turkey had let the 4th ID
into Northern Iraq, but alas they wanted instability to possibly open the door for their own invasion.
The pieces in that museum that were stolen are "around" and with time most will be found, the lives of the US troops in Baghdad lost while the Muesuem was being looted were lost FOREVER.
The hell with the muesuem, the dumb asses stole from themselves. They are the ones that have to with themselves, they were all looting. Eventualy the Iraqi police force will be rebuilt and some of the items recovered by them, others will be recovered when people try to sell them.
Saddams regime is to blame, they shut off the power to Baghdad (not the US) , they shut off the water (not the US) and they released thousands of hardned criminals in the days and weeks before Baghdad fell for the sole purpose of created havoc onto the Colalition and worst of all their own people.