Monday, May 19, 2008

Oil Slick


Getting above the fray for a moment, we will not engage in discussion of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and instead call a spade a spade. The entire war is between the US Dollar and the Euro.

We are like the pugilistic little boy who only knows fisticuffs as a solution, and cannot mature past that. Meanwhile, the world is moving on.

Representative Jack Murtha said of the nation that actually won the war in Iraq:

"The Chinese, Murtha said, have become our strategic competitors for oil. "They're all over Africa because of Nigeria's oil supplies. They're all over Iran. They're all over Venezuela, competing with us for oil (Selling a Military Budget that will "Make the Rubble Bounce.)"

The U.S. needs oil and a stable economy, too, but our choice is to antagonize Iran and Venezuela at every opportunity. U.S. policy alienates all of the major oil producers except Saudi Arabia, which occupies a favored position in the Bush family of patriots.

U.S. actions are not those of a free market competitor but rather those of a hostile, martial power. So what actually dictates U.S. foreign policy?

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Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

one of the more telling expositions of the differences in the way the chinese view the world, and history, and the way the americans view things came from henry kissenger's book about the negotiations of the nixon administration with the, then, Red Chinese, government.

kissenger was talking with lin pao, veteran of the long march, and the rightly feared hatchet man of mao. they were talking about history, and kissenger brought up the french revolution and wanted to discuss its impact on world politics.

lin pao thought a moment and said "well, it's really too soon to tell on that one, isn't it?"

the chinese saw the effects of the french revolution as recent, and on going rather than any sort of fait accompli.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB, As i understand Chinese history it's seen as a cycle as well. jim

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 1:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Roger said...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 4:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Roger said...

Please refer to following post on my blog:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 4:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Roger, thanks for the link.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 4:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Range/Lisa--when I think of all the money wasted on these stupid wars (Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all of the "little" wars, it makes me sick. We in the US could be well on our way toward energy independence. We're gonna have to work on alternate energy sooner or later-- I don't see any dinosaurs dying lately. Do you?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 5:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Exactly--why have we been ignoring this vital technology towards energy independence? I have a friend fighting the good fight, working on solar cell technology. As he says, it's a hard sell here, so he'll probably end up employed in Europe where they're all over the technology.

Roger: I could not access your link.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Thank you for the perspectival view.

We in the U.S. are so immediate about everything, and haven't the benefit of hundreds of years of dynasties to refer to (We think St. Augustine is old!!!)

No perspective, that is, unless we crack open a book, something our dear leader does not do.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:31:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signed a deal with the China so in case we cut oil imports from them (20% of Mid West) they would take all of it. I can't come up with the post be the Navy just put together the 4th or 5th Carrier group and are/moved them there. Blocked in the making?
or here for more
As the nation sleep walks through this and into totally control. I find this heart breaking and at the same time it was right before their unseeing eyes. Blinded by the light and the unfounded fear.
Everything is on schedule, please move along.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:42:00 PM GMT-5  

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