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How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?: Left of Center View

How will the current oil crisis affect foreign policy? Hopefully, a lot more positively than it has our environmental policy. For years conservationists have been fighting to keep the major oil companies from drilling off of our shores. Bush lifts the ban on drilling and removes the EPA imposed restrictions and acts like he's doing the American people a favor by allowing his former business partners to sell our precious resources back to us at inflated prices. Seriously, if the Bush family had been in aviation and not oil, they would be assessing random mid-air "landing fees" whenever the quarterly profit margin dipped below eight figures.

The using of the oil crisis to achieve a long term agenda goal that is only loosely related has been the M.O. of the current administration since the beginning. Use one crisis and hype it up to justify doing what it is they have wanted to do all along. Dick Cheney has been calling for an invasion of Iraq since his days in the Ford administration. The war on terror is a legitimate concern, but the invasion of Iraq was justified by a barrel of life. As others have pointed out, invading Iraq to strike back at the 9-11 terrorists is the same as if we'd invaded Korea for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Then again, it's not like the Korean's have oil.

Oil seems to be the motivation for most of our military action. If you recall at the beginning of this mess, we went into Afghanistan because that's where the terrorists were, and then went into Iraq because they were potential terrorists. Well they weren't all terrorists, just the unstable dictator and his crazy weapons, that we may or may not have given him when we put him in power all those years ago. We would bring democracy, and freedom to stabilize the region. And, oh hey, they have oil, so we can lift the embargo and let them sell that to us to pay for the reconstruction of their country. The reconstruction, of course, would be handled by American contractors who happened to support the administration and donate money to the GOP from time to time. Then the damned French suggested that the reconstruction contracts be open to companies without a Bush or Cheney family member on the board of directors and all hell broke loose. Clearly this was all because the French hate freedom and democracy, which is why we all have "Freedom Fries" with our Hamburgers. OK, I think we're still a little pissed at the Germans as well so we might as well go ahead and change that now to Freedom Fries and the Patriot Sandwich, ‘cause you know Hamburg, yatta, yatta.

So the real question here is how ELSE can the current oil crisis affect our foreign policy? The answer to that lies in who we elect to lead us into the next decade. There will always be an energy crisis of some sort and sooner or later the world's supply of oil will run out. People have been invading each other for fun and profit since the beginning. In the 1940's we liberated the world, we were the good guys. And we like to pretend that we still are when in fact we have become little more than a playground bully. In the days after 9-11 the world was with us, sorry for our loss, but excited that terrorism would finally come to an end. Now, in many eyes, we are seen as the terrorists. So the first international order of business for whomever takes the reigns should be to mend the fences our current representatives have leased to their associates.


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How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?: Right of Center View

It seems that most of our foreign policy has been tied to oil for some time now. In the late 80’s someone with a brain figured out that the Soviets were sitting on a pile of oil that they couldn’t seem to get out of the ground with any efficiency so it might be a good idea to work on opening up that market to American interests. So the dynamic and charismatic Ronald Reagan went to Berlin and offered up his now famous challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall between East and West.

After the changes in Russia happened and the dust began to settle enterprising American companies went into Russia and helped the Russians tap their most precious resource and added billions of barrels to the world oil supply. This was good for America, good for Russia and good for the world. While some would argue that this was done purely for profit and surely by that it must be bad it seems to me that it improved opportunity for Russians and brought much needed oil to the world. So what if American companies made some money in the process. Are they supposed to do it all for free just to please some tree huggers? I think not.

Now we find ourselves in another oil crisis like we had in the 70’s and it’s time once again to look to shoring up cooperation from our international suppliers and work on getting more domestic supply flowing. The bottom line is that demand globally is outstripping supply and we need to work on making sure that America is at the head of the line for the oil that is available. To do that we need to make nice with the people who have the supply to meet our demand at a reasonable price.

Our market can only bear these high gas prices for so long before it does irreparable damage to our economy. As much as people like to disparage companies like Exxon and Chevron, without them we are pretty much back to the horse and buggy days. They are the people who will find a solution to the problem and we need to let them have the tools to do it. Nobody wants to see little baby seals or polar bears dying but we have to weigh the needs of Americans against the costs and do the right thing for the people of America and open up all available sources of domestic oil for drilling. We also need to work on rebuilding the bridges to the nations of the world that can help us get out of this crisis or take other actions that will secure the needed oil for our people.

The impact of the current oil crisis on our foreign policy could be a positive for U.S. foreign relations. If we choose to use diplomacy to improve relations with our oil trading partners and work on securing more domestic oil we might be able to avoid any further conflict where oil is even a factor. If we cannot find cooperation and peaceful means of securing the oil we need then we will have to look and see whether the people withholding oil from us are doing it due to supply and demand issues or if a darker menace is at work trying to undermine the interests of the American people. There are many forms of terrorism and economic terrorism posts every bit as much of a threat to the American way of life as the suicide bombers wanting to blow up American buildings. If they mean to do us harm we must defend ourselves. To do less would to be un-American.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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