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01 February 2006

No More Middle Eastern Oil! Give Us That Venezuelan Crude

Diana Moon is "beginning to wonder whether the whole issue of Middle East oil isn't a total red herring." Indeed it is. It really doesn't matter where we import our oil from - it only matters that we import oil. If we were totally self-sufficient, we could be a little less concerned about crises in the Middle East. But since we import oil, we do need to be concerned about the world supply. Even if we imported all of our oil from non-Mid-East sources, Mid-East supply shocks would hurt us just the same - it's a global market. Choosing not to import oil from the Mid-East, for other than market reasons, would be a bad idea - it would put us in a poor bargaining position with other suppliers, like Hugo C. So yes, it's a red-herring.

And what trail is the red-herring throwing us off of? The real reason we are doomed to seemingly perpetual strategic error in the Middle East is, of course, our relationship with Israel, pure and simple. Now that the cold war is over you'd think we could simply pledge to send a fleet of B-52's over any country that attacks Israel and that should pretty much take care of our obligations. But it's never that simple, is it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Bush made his energy proposal Bill Kristol might as well have been pulling his strings as the pupet master.

Bill Kristol has been calling for energy reform for 18 months at least, and finally Bush did as he was told.

If we reduce our consumption 10% (which would be very painful) the total reduction in the oil market woould go down by what, 3%?

Now THAT will show those terrorists!

February 02, 2006 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You anti-semite! I always knew a hot topic like US relations with the middle east would expose the real you!!

February 02, 2006 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like his father when the Berlin Wall fell, the world changed and he didn't notice.

By invading Iraq GW has made the US one among many (china India and russia) because they now know we are unable to complete the job and Iran is there problem as will all the future crisis that come. Sadly we may live to be viewed like we view Europe.

February 03, 2006 5:33 PM  

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