THE PRICE OF TEA IN CHINA, THE PRICE OF GAS IN IOWA
WHAT'S THAT GOT TO DO WITH MCBUSH POLICY ON ISRAEL, IRAN, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN?
DUBYA DETERMINED TO HIT $200/BBL, $6/GAL BEFORE HE GOES
It's A Family Thing: He Promised His Daddy & His Friends
What rational reason could the United States have for attacking Iran, at this point?
Or Iraq, in the first place?
Let's look at the results: Much higher oil prices. Much less security in America, the Middle East, and around the world. A rising police State. A cowering, compliant, corporatist Congress. Much higher military budgets. Much larger deficits. A large permanent American military presence in the oil fields. Strategic positioning between Israel and her enemies. A more and more belligerent Israel. Greater tensions in the Middle East. A general shift toward anti-Islamic and anti-Arab sentiments and policies in the U.S. A loss of respect for and belief in American world leadership. A shift away from the U.S. Dollar in international business and in financial markets. More and more public debt required to support the war effort and the sinking dollar. A still further sinking dollar. Multiple crises in business and finance in the U.S. and abroad. Consumer confidence shattered. Unemployment and inflation rising dramatically. Much higher gasoline prices. The rich are up and the rest are down. Public outcry. Weak-kneed politicians. More oil drilling. More corporate control.
And it only cost a few thousand American lives, and an unknown number of "Other" lives, but they don't patronize our gas stations, so, no great loss.
So, if we have to threaten, provoke or start another war in the oil fields to reach Bushco's price point, it's just business as usual. Nothing personal. And if the Iranians cooperate by rattling their own sabers, or scimitars, they get more money for their oil too. The question is, between the bloodthirsty ayatollahs and the money-hungry oil sheiks, or whatever they call them in Iran, are there any sane people in charge over there? Because it doesn't seem like there are any back in Texas, home of Big Oil and really Bad Presidents.
(Update: "MORE WAR TODAY? HIGHER OIL TOMORROW!".)
[Cross-posted at: Out Of Iraq Bloggers' Caucus.]
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