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Two Alternatives

If the Middle East didn’t have any oil, who thinks the region would even be on our radar? The problem is, those guys control a resource that we literally can’t get enough of. Gas prices are at a record high and will never again be as low as they were just weeks ago. OPEC finally decided to increase production, but Saudi Arabia is the only OPEC country that has the capacity to do so. We are at the limits of oil production.

There are really only two solutions to this problem. One solution is to increase oil supplies. President Bush's energy plan has a big section on investing US tax dollars in foreign oil production. In practice, this requires a stable Middle East. It requires that we impose economic and political reforms on countries in the region, and it increasingly requires us to win the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims.

The alternate solution is to become completely self-sufficient for our energy needs. John Kerry's plan is a Manhattan Project type program for total energy independence. Within ten years, Kerry's plan will marginalize the Middle East. We will no longer have strategic interests in the region to act as terrorist targets. No more of the money we pay at the pump will find its way to Islamic terrorist groups. We'll have no more need to station US troops in Islamic countries creating anti-American sentiment. We won't need to prop up corrupt Arab regimes. In short, we'll cut the legs out from under al Qaeda's recruiting efforts.

President Bush will be pushing his Greater Middle East Initiative to impose stability in the region at the upcoming G-8 summit in Georgia. He'll be emphasizing the importance of the US and other countries becoming further involved in the Middle East. Who thinks that's a good idea?

Posted by American Pundit at June 3, 2004 7:40 AM