On May 12, 1944, the day of the Leuna raid, the Third Reich ruled an empire comprising nearly all of continental Europe, with a collective population and industrial potential exceeding that of the United States. A year later, it did not exist.
Zubrin recounts how the Allies won War World II. He points out that oil was a strategic advantage in that war, and how it is a strategic weakness in the war on terror.
There's no excuse not to develop the molten-salt reactor. Zubrin didn't mention this, but it would also turn the weakness into a strength.
But our leadership is not interested in winning, evidently. If that were true during WWII, we'd all be speaking German, and saluting "Seig, heil!