At this point, I shouldn’t have to point out the obvious: Troops in the Middle East are inextricably linked to our crack-like oil addiction–including your fill-up. So if you drive a truck, SUV or jeep, for example. Maybe don’t put a “No War in Iraq” bumper sticker on it? Just a thought.
Let’s take the Jeep Liberty I saw the other day sporting an antiwar sticker–with fuel economy from 17-22–so it’s no mileage champ. This is a new model, certainly purchased after 9/11, when the deadly nature of U.S. Mideast entanglement became glaringly obvious for all to see.
Where does this driver think their gas comes from? Do they think it gets here by divine mandate or something? Do they also feel an entitlement to consume an unlimited amount of non-renewable fuels which are fouling our atmosphere? While at the same time touting their self-righteous, “I’m making a difference” message plastered across their gas-guzzling ass??
If you drive a vehicle, no matter how good the mileage may be (I include myself and other Prius drivers, we simply use less, but we are still just as dependent) you are part of the problem. We are all part of the problem. George W. Bush may be guilty of a lot of things, but he hasn’t forced anyone to drive wasteful vehicles. Oh, no. We do that quite nicely on our own: “Waaa, but I don’t feel safe in a small car–I like my legroom, I need to haul stuff…” Bush is just like the dealer who scores our product and feeds our habit.
Iran and Iraq have the world’s second and fourth largest crude reserves, respectively. Iraq’s production isn’t expected to peak until 2015, so it’s quite a plum. This is why American troops are there, and they won’t leave until the situation is stabilized, no matter what the Democrats may claim. No American administration could afford to let Iraq’s Shiite majority join together with Iran’s in a “Super-Islamic Republic,” denying the U.S. access to oil, or using it to control U.S. behavior.
If you want to talk about troop withdrawals, then you’d better be sitting on a bicycle, or driving an electric car fueled from domestically produced electricity, or 100% cellulose-based ethanol. Otherwise, you are a rank hypocrite, and fail utterly to understand the problem of why American troops are in the Mideast theater in the first place. It may feel good to talk about peace, but your gasoline fill-up is not only chemically explosive, it comes at a high price in blood, war, and oppression.
Since there are currently (no pun intended) no mass-produced electric vehicles on the market, and no cellulosic ethanol available for purchase, it’s time to buck up and understand the equation:
America will disengage from the Middle East exactly when it gets its act together on domestic renewable energy. The terrorists’ motivations are many-fold, but one of their biggest beefs is with Saudi Arabia, where, like Iran before 1979, the U.S. supports a corrupt monarchy to keep the oil flowing. Take away U.S. need for oil, Saudi could be allowed to go democratic–or Islamic, or whatever. Then the Sunni Saudis and the Shiite Iranians can have it out once and for all, and we won’t have to care what happens to Iraq or which side comes out on top. When we disengage, we will also fix the trade deficit, and generate untold numbers of high-paying jobs in domestic energy production to replace those in other industries which have been exported to China and India.
What are we waiting for???