…wrassling a tarbaby in the Middle East

Jim Kunstler says that until our nation faces our addiction to oil, we can’t leave the Middle East. And, as long as we’re there, we will be targeted by terrorists. Catch 22!

Source: Jim Kunstler : Stay or Go?

     Maybe we ought to ask: what happens to the oil supply of the Crusader West when none of its representatives maintains a garrison in the Middle East? I use the term Crusader not to be cute, but to remind you how Europe and America are viewed by many people of the Middle East. They don’t like us. They have a longstanding beef with us. Some of them would like to punish us.

     America is leading the current crusade because we are the society most desperately addicted to oil, and the Middle East is where two-thirds of the world’s remaining oil lies. The one thing that we apparently cannot bring ourselves to talk about is our addiction itself. The commuters whizzing around the edge cities and metroplexes of this land probably got a big charge out of Congressman Murtha’s anti-war blast taking over drive-time radio on Friday. I wonder if they thought about how it might affect their commuting.

     This whole spectacle — both the inept war itself and our debate about it here at home — is particularly shameful for the official opposition, my party, the Democrats, because we could be talking about the so-called elephant-in-the-room, namely how we live in America and the tragic choices we’ve made, and the things we might do to change that — but the party leadership is too brain-dead or craven to do that. As long as we don’t, we’re going to be wrassling a tarbaby in the Middle East.