It's all about the Oil

Eileen McDevitt and Larrey Anderson
Reuters ran a story yesterday about Iran threatening to wipe out American troops stationed in the Middle East:

After several warnings that it would hit back at Israel if attacked from there, Iran's military chief said Thursday he would target U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East if Washington attacked.

"If America presents Iran with a serious threat and undertakes any measure against Iran, none of the American soldiers who are currently in the region would go back to America alive," Major General Hassan Firouzabadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

The mainstream media’s talking heads pontificated and huffed and puffed (much like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) … as usual.

What most of the MSM missed was one of the last lines of Major General Firouzabadi’s little diatribe. Firouzabadi let the truth slip out … perhaps in the sheer giddiness of knowing that Obama had just agreed to do away with 30% of America’s nuclear arsenal:

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a military ceremony, Firouzabadi said a strike on Iran would also put oil supplies at risk.

"If America wants to have the region's oil and its markets then the region's markets would be taken away from America and the Muslims' control over oil would increase," he said, according to state broadcaster IRIB.

America has no program of “drill baby drill.” All we have is the empty promise of “exploration” by a president who is fully aware that he will not be in office when and if the new resources of American oil and natural gas ever start coming out of the ground.

Forget the nukes, America is, right now, an energy hostage to the Middle East and to some third rate Iranian Major General named Firouzabadi. And the Iranians (and the rest of the Muslim nations in the Middle East) know it.

Even the New York Times understands that Obama’s plan for oil exploration off of the coasts of the United States is a political feint:

But as a result of the Obama decision, the Interior Department will spend several years conducting geologic and environmental studies along the rest of the southern and central Atlantic Seaboard. If a tract is deemed suitable for development, it is listed for sale in a competitive bidding system. The next lease sales -- if any are authorized by the Interior Department -- would not be held before 2012.

And any actual drilling (if it were to ever happen) would not take place until years later -- after all the lawsuits brought by environmentalists have been played out.

Anyone who thinks that America’s lack of an aggressive plan for energy independence and peace in the Middle East are not tightly interrelated needs to forget about listening to the mainstream media. Just listen to Major General Hassan Firouzabadi. He will tell you.

Oh, that’s right. He already has.

Reuters ran a story yesterday about Iran threatening to wipe out American troops stationed in the Middle East:

After several warnings that it would hit back at Israel if attacked from there, Iran's military chief said Thursday he would target U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East if Washington attacked.

"If America presents Iran with a serious threat and undertakes any measure against Iran, none of the American soldiers who are currently in the region would go back to America alive," Major General Hassan Firouzabadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

The mainstream media’s talking heads pontificated and huffed and puffed (much like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) … as usual.

What most of the MSM missed was one of the last lines of Major General Firouzabadi’s little diatribe. Firouzabadi let the truth slip out … perhaps in the sheer giddiness of knowing that Obama had just agreed to do away with 30% of America’s nuclear arsenal:

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a military ceremony, Firouzabadi said a strike on Iran would also put oil supplies at risk.

"If America wants to have the region's oil and its markets then the region's markets would be taken away from America and the Muslims' control over oil would increase," he said, according to state broadcaster IRIB.

America has no program of “drill baby drill.” All we have is the empty promise of “exploration” by a president who is fully aware that he will not be in office when and if the new resources of American oil and natural gas ever start coming out of the ground.

Forget the nukes, America is, right now, an energy hostage to the Middle East and to some third rate Iranian Major General named Firouzabadi. And the Iranians (and the rest of the Muslim nations in the Middle East) know it.

Even the New York Times understands that Obama’s plan for oil exploration off of the coasts of the United States is a political feint:

But as a result of the Obama decision, the Interior Department will spend several years conducting geologic and environmental studies along the rest of the southern and central Atlantic Seaboard. If a tract is deemed suitable for development, it is listed for sale in a competitive bidding system. The next lease sales -- if any are authorized by the Interior Department -- would not be held before 2012.

And any actual drilling (if it were to ever happen) would not take place until years later -- after all the lawsuits brought by environmentalists have been played out.

Anyone who thinks that America’s lack of an aggressive plan for energy independence and peace in the Middle East are not tightly interrelated needs to forget about listening to the mainstream media. Just listen to Major General Hassan Firouzabadi. He will tell you.

Oh, that’s right. He already has.