Skip to comments.Rick Perry’s newbie mistake on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (LOL)
Posted on 09/19/2011 4:12:10 PM PDT by Baladas
Handling the Israeli-Palestinian relationship is one of the most delicate and time-consuming tasks faced by a U.S. president, as demonstrated by this weeks drama concerning the Palestinian push for recognition as a state by the United Nations. In fact, one can argue that missteps early in President Obamas tenure have helped lead the administration to the crisis it now faces today.
Thats why Perrys comments to Time magazine struck us as interesting and potentially revealing. How deep is his understanding of this long-running conflict?
The Facts Perrys statement had three parts: Palestinians must recognize Israels existence; they have to denounce terrorism; they have to negotiate with Israel directly. Anything short of that is a non-starter in my opinion, he declared.
Perry is stuck in a time warp. Hes describing a situation that existed in the 1980s, not really today. (Some people might argue about some of that, but we will explain below.)
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So you’ll happily let Gazprom and Sinopec replace ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco in Saudi Arabia.
You might have no problem with that, but the power brokers in America wont.
America is a trading nation, understand that. The last time you could comfortably shut out the rest of the World and live happily was 1946.
Oil is fungible, and it doesn’t matter were you drill it from, if the Saudi’s manipulate the prices - it affects everyone.
Oil is fungible. and there is supply and demand to consider.
Once we are allowed to get to the resources over here, this will have a significant impact on the global marketplace.
And yes, the US is a trading nation. Better to trade from a position of strength than a position of weakness.
You haven’t been looking at supply and demand trends. US Oil consumption is about 21 million bpd, while domestic production is only about 6 million bpd. Even if you were to signficantly ramp up domestic production, it will be very difficult to get to 21 million bpd.
The US population is expected to grow, so the 21 million bpd figure is expected to rise.
We have not considered China. Total number of registered automobiles in China is 60 million, in nine years time the figure is expected to reach 200 million.
What about India. India is likely to add an equivalent amount of automobiles in nine years time, so we could very easily be talking about a USA’s worth of new automobiles by 2020.
(I haven’t considered other fast growing nations with significant populations like Indonesia and Brazil).
I know it is fashionable for American conservatives to talk about drilling to solve all energy problems. By all means we should drill, but let’s stop pretending that given future consumption trends, that drilling will solve all our problems.
With future consumption trends, Saudi Arabia will still be a factor and $150 / $200 a barrel Oil will be with us, whether we drill or not. We need to drill, but we also need to find ways to improve energy efficiency.