Friday, March 28, 2008

Middle East Allies, Oil, American Negligence

A quote from Barack Obama:

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Eqyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
--Speech at anti-Iraq War rally in Chicago, October 26, 2002
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The Bush administration, and I suspect others prior, have pussy-footed around with the Saudis, in particular, because of our dependency on oil. We have known of this dependency for decades but have done very little to change the situation. In the meantime, even though most (all?) of the 911 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, and even though Osama Bin Laden is the son of one of the most powerful families in Saudi Arabia, President Bush continues to kiss their cheeks and walk hand in hand with them, proclaiming our strong alliance.--Conrad
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More Obama:
Our persistentent dependence on oil is a danger our government has known about
for years. And despite constant warnings by researchers and scientists, major corporations and our own government officials, it's a danger they have failed
to prepare for, listen to, or seriously try to guard against. It's a danger we can no longer afford to ignore.
"Securing Our Energy Future" speech, Sept. 15, 2005
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And gasoline prices continue to climb. This increase is at the very least the result of Dick Cheney's secret crafting of an energy policy in conjunction with the president of the oil companies. The minutes of that meeting are not available. McCain wants four more years of the same. --Conrad

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Saying that America is addicted to oil without following a real plan for energy independence is like admitting alcololism and then skipping the 12-step program.
Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2006.

The 12-step program requires real sacrifice, much pain, and a desire for change. The Bush program is to tell consumers to buy more, ignore the pain (it will work things out on its own) and, never forget, "change" is something we should fear.

Nearly all Americans know we are in deep doo-doo right now (most of the ones who do not recognized this are in Washington). We owe the next generation's liquidity to China. We stare at the possibility of $5 a gallon gasoline this summer. Food prices are rising sharply. San Antonio Texas (where I live) is facing higher dangers from ozone pollution. A kid from South Texas helped push our armed casulties (that's deaths) in Iraq to over 4,000. They've pretty much stopped building houses in our sub-division (and there are at least 40-50 lots open). Corporations continiue to move out; people are still being laid off. And we are told by our president that the economy is basically strong.

And I have picked a heck of a time to age into retirement. Click on Barack Obama. Read more about Barack's positions, and make a donation to his campaign!