Thursday, July 20, 2006

I have an idea...

Well, it’s been awhile since my last post. Sorry about that. I’ve been rather busy.

Today I want to talk about Israel and my proposed solution for the Middle East crisis.

First things first. Israel rocks. It’s a crying shame that we lack their spirit of total solidarity. You can kill 3,000 of our citizens, and two years later we’ll blame our own President for it. There is a cannibalistic tendency in US politics that never ceases to amaze me. I don’t know who dubbed the extreme left the “Blame America First” crowd, but they were right on with that moniker.

Apparently there is no “Blame Israel First” crowd – at least not among Israelis. I heard that the results of a recent poll indicate 90% of them support this action. Good for them. Too bad we can’t come together like that.
Obviously, I support their efforts. I can’t help but think how valued their citizens (especially those two soldiers) must feel to know that their government is willing to go to war for them. Would the USA go to war over a kidnapped soldier? Not bloody likely.

Speaking of the USA, don’t you find our official position to be rather disgusting? General appeasement – let’s not upset anyone. We support Israel, but we also support all the Arab nations. I’m sick of the façade – we have to pretend that we’re good buddies with people that we detest simply because we want their oil.

So here’s my solution:


There are several contradictory opinions and estimates about how long domestic oil production would support domestic oil demand. They range from two to thirty years. So let’s say ten.
Effective immediately, we cut our ties with foreign oil. We open production stateside and use only what we can produce. We set a ten year deadline for the US to be free from oil dependence. Thus, our domestic supply holds out until we can run our cars on something else. And here’s the best part:

We no longer have to keep shaky alliances with countries that we don’t like. We can draw the line in the sand and say, “We’re for Israel.”

Why Israel? Well, I’ll post on that later.


Anonymous Isaac T said...

America go to war over 2 soldiers getting killed? How about the USS Cole? How about the bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the bombing of the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the first attack on the towers in NYC? Sure that was under the church of liberalisms President-heroine and her husband the Clintons. How about the embarassment of our boys getting embarassed in Mogadishu, Somalia (after A-10 gunships- the tanks that can fly- were requested and denied by President Clinton) and drug through the streets to most of the world's delight? Nothing. No wars, not even air attacks. Nothing. So I think the make everyone happy at any cost is a fitting moniker for the US.
And I think the GOP has bought into this, too. Is it possible to do the right thing while keeping EVERYONE happy? Doubt it.
And on to point number two. Being less dependant on foreign oil. I think that's a greag idea. We have Alaska primed and waiting. As a side, it's interesting that when they first started pumping oil through the wilderness to get it into usable state that the tree-huggers bombed it, shooting oil all over the holy terrain. We also have an virtually-untapped resource called the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, but can't get to it because of laws saying we can't drill. It needs to be done, but laws need to change to open it up.
Okay, my wife is sitting down to lunch and I have a mission trip to finish packing for. Good luck on the blogs, I can't wait to read them when I return from Pittsburgh.

21/7/06 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do agree that in this particular instance Israel is doing the right thing, though I would like to see things wrapped up soon for the sake of the suffering innocents on both sides. I do admire that Isael is willing to go to such great lengths for their servicemen. Would the US do the same? Well, let's think...Somalia, anyone? (I'm referencing the Mogadishu disaster in 1993)
No, I don't find our official position to be all that disgusting and I don't think it is necessarily all about oil (though I'll grant that a certain amount of it is)
However, though I don't agree with your Israel reason for drilling Alaska, I completely agree that we need to drill in Alaska ASAP to get us away from foreign oil and hold us over until we have an alternate source of fuel. I really think we're just right around the corner from an alternate fuel source, and we certainly have enough domestic oil to hold us until then.
Homework's calling my name, so I have to go, but you brightened my day -- sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who agrees with drilling in ANWR (maybe it's just that I'm the only "green" person on the planet who agrees with drilling in ANWR?)
~Laura C.

24/7/06 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Isaac T said...

I yanked this from Ann Coulter's blog. I was incomplete in my assessment and memory. Here's the complete list:
— November 1979: Muslim extremists (Iranian variety) seized the U.S. embassy in Iran and held 52 American hostages for 444 days, following Democrat Jimmy Carter's masterful foreign policy granting Islamic fanaticism its first real foothold in the Middle East.

— 1982: Muslim extremists (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long habit of taking Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing William Buckley and holding Terry Anderson for 6 1/2 years.

— April 1983: Muslim extremists (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah) bombed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.

— October 1983: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) blew up the U.S. Marine barracks at the Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.

— December 1983: Muslim extremists (al-Dawa) blew up the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, killing five and injuring 80.

— September 1984: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) exploded a truck bomb at the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two U.S. servicemen.

— December 1984: Muslim extremists (probably Hezbollah) hijacked a Kuwait Airways airplane, landed in Iran and demanded the release of the 17 members of al-Dawa who had been arrested for the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans before the siege was over.

— June 14, 1985: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) hijacked TWA Flight 847 out of Athens, diverting it to Beirut, taking the passengers hostage in return for the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners held by Israel. When their demands were not met, the Muslims shot U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac.

— October 1985: Muslim extremists (Palestine Liberation Front backed by Libya) seized an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, killing 69-year-old American Leon Klinghoffer by shooting him and then tossing his body overboard.

— December 1985: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed airports in Rome and Vienna, killing 20 people, including five Americans.

— April 1986: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed a discotheque frequented by U.S. servicemen in West Berlin, injuring hundreds and killing two, including a U.S. soldier.

— December 1988: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground.

(Then came an amazing, historic pause in Muslim extremists' relentless war on America after Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by doing the opposite of everything recommended by Democrats, depriving Islamic terrorists of their Soviet sponsors. This confuses liberals because they don't understand the concept of terror sponsors, whether it's the Soviet Union or Iraq.)

— February 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, possibly with involvement of friendly rival al-Qaida) set off a bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center, killing six and wounding more than 1,000.

— Spring 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Sudanese Islamic Front and at least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex, and the FBI's lower Manhattan headquarters.

— November 1995: Muslim extremists (possibly Iranian "Party of God") explode a car bomb at U.S. military headquarters in Saudi Arabia, killing five U.S. military servicemen.

— June 1996: Muslim extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah, probably with involvement of al-Qaida) explode a truck bomb outside the Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds.

— August 1998: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) explode truck bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands.

— October 2000: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) blow up the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 U.S. sailors.

— Sept. 11, 2001: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida) hijack commercial aircraft and fly planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 Americans.

America's war with Islamic fanaticism didn't start on 9/11, but it's going to end with 9/11 — as long as Americans aren't foolish enough ever to put a Democrat in the White House.


31/7/06 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Isaac T said...

I about messed myself tonight upon reading Foxnews article on the Senate voting to approve offshore drilling in the very area I previously talked about, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, it won't fix all the problems, but it's a good start. Now if the House can iron out a deal with the Senate, I think something just might freeze over.

1/8/06 10:28 PM  

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