Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I have been amazed at the US involvement in Lybia. While waging two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it befuddled me to see a no fly zone being talked about, then enacted in Lybia. Apparently, Gadhafi is killing a lot of citizens in Lybia which is reason enough to involve ourselves in a war that is not ours....unless the country is Iraq and the leader's name is Hussein.

President Obama's words about 4 years ago seemed clear enough when discussing an attack on Iran: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." What changed?

Things became a little clearer a couple weeks ago when we hear that Lybia has some of the best oil (light and sweet) in the world. One democratic lawmaker is now making this known.

Unfortunately, while talking about the fact that we are involved in wars because of oil, he calls for a renewable energy plan. Renewable energy will never succeed until the private sector embraces a solution. If the government would get out of the way, we could make some progress.

The renewable energy plan sounds good, but it is disingenuous. If we are really fighting a war because of oil, then finding new oil is the current solution. I hear there is a lot of it in Alaska and other places in the US, but certain people in Washington our preventing companies from accessing that oil. Doesn't make much sense to me. It seems that we could save a lot of oil by not waging wars over oil and simply dig it up from our own back yard.

1 comment:

  1. As a follow-up, this article is a must read. The position that the US is taking regarding Oil is completely backwards.