October 7, 2006
Is it George? Just last week three events occurred that led me to believe America is actually not concerned with advancing freedom. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez walked into New York and made a very hostile comment about you to the United Nations. "The devil came here yesterday,” he said, “right here. It smells of sulfur still today." And then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the guy you don’t like too much, went around lecturing the UN about the evils of American power and proclaiming that the Holocaust never happened. And finally, China, our favorite communist trading partner, managed to block UN efforts to establish a peacekeeping in Sudan to stop the nasty genocide that has been going on there.
Should we use our American strength to bully around these freedom haters, George? Probably not. These three events paint a pretty clear picture of the world’s dangerous oil addiction. The Chinese National Petroleum Corporation currently controls 40% of Sudanese oil wells and pumps about 300,000 barrels of crude per day. Forget that genocide in Darfur is occurring and bloodshed is everywhere, because we need China’s economy to prosper so we can get more cheap crap from them. And forget that Hugo Chavez uses the money we give him for our oil to undermine democratic elections in Latin America and crush freedom in the region, because we need fuel for our Hummers, dammit! And while we’re at it, we better whine and cry about Ahmadinejad developing nuclear weapons and running his theocratic regime with the money we hand him for oil.
Instead of bitching about how evil these leaders are and threatening to use force against them, why don’t we take away their main source of income, George? If Ahmadinejad wasn’t getting our oil money he would barely be able to run his country, let alone pursue nuclear weaponry. And he definitely wouldn’t be strolling around New York spouting off about the Holocaust being a myth. Without his main source of income Chavez would be powerless to stop democratic elections in Latin America. They may not be the best leaders in the world, but they aren’t stupid. Ahmadinejad and Chavez know that the United States is weak, the military is overstretched, and you’re extremely unpopular in your own country.
Why are you so against weaning ourselves off of oil, George? Think of how much money we could have invested in alternative fuel research and infrastructure with the money we’re wasting in Iraq. Think of how much revenue the government could generate if you taxed the hell out of gasoline and forced consumers to look for an alternative. Think of how much better the world would be without these wackos causing so much trouble. You said it yourself George, “Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.” How about sticking to your word?.. is it really so much to ask?