Posted Date: January 10, 2008 – Thursday – 5:58 PM
Since Dick Cheney has decided to step down, we’ll soon decide who to elect in ’08, clown on the left or joker on the right? But first we’ve got to figure out who that clown and joker will be.
The big issues are Civil Rights, “The War”, National Debt, Oil, and Radical Religion. Since radical Muslims provoked this”War on Terror”, our National Debt has doubled and civil rights have seriously eroded. We are a few trillion dollars away from insolvency, with no end in sight on Iraq. We are at the Hubbert Peak, and still don’t have a good alternative to foreign oil.
Watching “The Kingdom” gave me a renewed interest in Saudi Arabia. This is a country where all these issues intersect, and yet you rarely hear it mentioned by presidential primary candidates.
The 911 terrorists were Saudi.
Saudi is the only dependable source of petroleum.
It is controlled by a radical religion
There are few civil rights, especially for women.
The oil crisis of ’73 was instigated by Saudi Arabia, until we brokered a deal with them. This should have been taken as a warning, but Carter was ignored (and he’s pissed, LOL). Now we are facing the same crisis, only it’s physical resources, not politics, and there will be no negotiation.
So we can reduce environment, energy, oil, WOT, and radical religion issues into one question: “Mr(s). Candidate, what is your position on Saudi Arabia, and our relationship with them?”
Obviously there is much more to it than that, but Saudi serves as an excellent lens to view these things through.
It is clear that money we pay Saudi Arabia makes its way through Islamic “charity” organizations and into the hands of terrorists. We are supporting our own destruction.
Saudi will not be able to continue the current output of oil, so alternative forms of energy are not an option, they are a requirement. As is energy reduction.
We have spent trillions of dollars chasing down a motley band of Saudi radicals. We instead find ourselves invading a country that had nothing to do with it.
The War On Terror has actually CREATED more terror than it has stopped, making the entire campaign part of the problem, not the solution.
Intending to keep us safe, our own government has suspended basic principles of civil rights. People distrust the Federal government more than ever, a reasonable reaction to their behavior.
All of these issues combine, like one big knot. Whoever we pick as the next CEO, he is going to have to deal with this, and I do not envy that person.