DEFENDING THE WEST
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Speaking in Hobbs, N.M., last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, according to the El Paso Times, that “his administration would team with Mexico and Canada to make North America energy independent by 2020.”
This is the biggest story the media is not talking about. Romney promises energy independence. The idea that we have a pro-American candidate promising to stop the largest transfer of wealth to jihadist nations is the single largest proactive national security proposal on the table.
Imagine. Stop funding jihadist countries, their aggressive mosqueing of the West and imposition of the Shariah, and the paradigm shifts. The rise and resurrection of Islamic jihad in the late 20th century and its ensuing war on the West is thanks to the largest transfer of wealth in history from Western societies to petroleum-rich Muslim nations.
I applaud Romney’s position paper on energy. An informed and engaged electorate would elect him on just this platform alone. Not only do we defang the vampires, we create millions of jobs and billions in wealth. It is the American answer to the Obama rout.
The alternative is clear. Obama first rejected the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas and then, under heavy pressure, approved only the southern part of it. With all his temporizing, Obama effectively killed a desperately needed pipeline. We lost as many as 130,000 jobs and substantially cheaper energy costs, while alienating one of America’s greatest allies.
Job killer, economy killer, energy-independence killer … Obama instead chooses to enrich and embolden Islamic supremacist nations with petrodollars. Considering the dire straits this nation is in, this is criminal.
Last November, EthicalOil.org, a grass-roots activist group trying to promote the use of Canadian rather than Middle Eastern oil, aired a television ad in the United States that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia actively tried to block in Canada.
“The 30 second television ad,” the group said, “factually informs North Americans of Saudi Arabia’s horrific treatment of women and asks ‘why are we paying their bills and funding their oppression’ through our annual purchase of 400 million barrels of Saudi oil. The ad presents ethical oil from Canada’s oil sands as the alternative to Saudi conflict oil.”
But Obama killed the Canadian part of the pipeline. Obama instead supports funding the oppression and subjugation of women, the persecution of non-Muslims and Islamic anti-Semitism. We could have moved off some of the jihad oil. But Obama bowed to the king’s wishes.
That’s not all. After paying $2.2 billion in oil leases and spending another $4 billion on exploration, Shell/BP abandoned plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, off the shore of Alaska. Why? Because Obama’s EPA denied it an Air Quality Permit.
The Obama administration in 2010 proposed tax increases for U.S. energy companies, while our foreign competitors would continue to receive taxpayer-funded subsidies. In a stunning assault on the American worker, the American economy and the war on Islamic jihad, Obama’s radical administration restricted drilling on federal land, while allowing the Russians to drill there.
And you can be sure that those Russian drilling ships and oil platforms will be bristling with electronic listening antennas – for spying on the U.S.
China also mines our oil off the Florida coast (thank you, Fidel!), but we can’t. Every petrodollar we send to the Middle East funds the coming jihadi catastrophe. We should be choking the jihad to death, cutting off every cent. Instead, we are baring our neck and financing the silversmith.
This only highlights how much oil is a strategic commodity, an element in our national security.
We have the resources to restore economic health and buttress national security, but the statists and collectivists prohibit it while abandoning our national self-interest. Instead, we fund jihad and the barbaric ideology of madmen. The bottom line is that without money for oil, this savage culture will recede back to the caves and the dark corners of their control-ridden lands, where it belongs.