Originally Posted by Shane
By conforming to their threats we are giving in. It is sadly that simple. If we become so high and mighty to not fight and die for a cause there will be numerous competitors who will. We cannot become so good that we refuse to take out the trash when others will do it without flenching while we hide behide ever changing high handed morals. For everything there is a price to pay, when we become too good to pay it we fail. This is lazy arrogance and is usually the height of hypocrisy before the fall.
I see what you're saying dog, but I'm not sure Iraq is the fight we should be choosing. I also don't think that leaving Iraq sends a message of surrender, cowardice, etc. It's not our oil, quite frankly - this isn't a cause worth fighting and dying for. It's evident that there are others who want it more than us, and they're the ones who should be fighting for it.
We do need to abandon the lazy arrogance you mentioned, specifically vis-a-vis our policy toward domestic oil exploration and toward the onerous and ineffective bureaucracy that surrounds refinery development. It's refining capacity - not crude oil availability or pricing - that affects the price of gasoline and diesel. We barely have enough for ourselves if we run at 100% of capacity...one blip, and we're over $3.00 / gallon. When you combine the bullshit a refiner must fight with in getting EPA approval, in engineering and construction of a plant, and the climate toward oil & gasoline (our Pres says outwardly that we need to get away from it), why would a company spend $5 - $6 billion over about 10 years just to make gas a little cheaper here?
There's far too much "not in my backyard" handwringing and obstructionism going on by half-witted, inbred city councilmen all across the nation, and it's resulting in our collective inability to use clean energy technologies (like nuclear or wind power), and furthering our dependency on foreign oil (because we can't stomach the thought of displacing a fucking caribou here or there that happen to be body-surfing atop our very own ocean of crude oil).