In re: Big talk

Here we are in the biggest struggle of our lives and we are funding both sides — the U.S. military with our tax dollars and the radical Islamists and the governments and charities that support them with our gasoline purchases — and you won’t lift a finger to change that. Why? Because it might impose pain on the oil companies and auto lobbies that fund the G.O.P., or require some sacrifice by Americans. (Thomas Friedman “Big Talk, Little Will” NY Times [subscription req’d])

In this editorial I thought Friedman hit on one of the issues that bothers me with the current Middle East strategy, kinda like the Guns & Butter, we want to fix Iraq, but without using Powell’s ‘overwhelming force’ and troop numbers, we want to fight the Islamic terror, but continue to allow ourselves to remain energy dependant in such a way that we fund it. 

While radical changes in energy will be painful, spending massively on new technologies and energies, mass transportation (trains?) and the like instead of rebuilding Iraq would possibly have put us in a position where we would have been less likely to be experiencing what we are.


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