Middle East

Published on September 2nd, 2016 | by John Locke

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TRUMP’S MISGUIDED OIL GRAB

“I WOULD GO IN AND TAKE THE OIL”

“I would take their oil,” Trump said to the interviewer. “You heard me, I would take the oil,” Trump repeated. On another occasion he said: “In the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils,” he told George Stephanopoulos, the ABC Newsman. Trump added, “You go in. You win the war and you take it. . . . You’re not stealing anything. . . . We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves,” referring to the cost of America’s War In Iraq.

Later Trump told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren: “Frankly I would go in, I would take the oil — and stop this baby stuff.” He added later, “I’m only interested in Libya if we take the oil. If we don’t take the oil, I’m not interested.”

THE EDUCATION OF MR. TRUMP

Mr. Trump, while reluctantly I will support you on Election Day, this is a mindset (about oil) you need to rethink. Here’s why:

HYDROCARBON MAN AND WOMAN

The oil of the Middle East is not ours. In fact, we don’t want to take and own it, and never have. The oil of the Middle East fires the world’s economies, it’s critical to creating and distributing nearly everything we own and use. We use it to produce food and manufacture nearly all products. Then we use oil to transport these foods and products. We heat and cool our homes and businesses; we use it to defend our nation. No military can long operate without dedicated supplies of oil.

Whether we like it or not we are all “Hydrocarbon Man and Woman.” (Sorry Environmentalist Wackos.) We live, eat, and breathe oil. The Industrial Revolution was built on these critical and valuable hydrocarbons, more than any other single catalyst or enabler. Prior to that most of the world lived hand-to-mouth, not much improved over the Stone Age. Life expectancy was less than 30 years. Life was, in the words of Voltaire: “Short, dark, and brutal.”

In reality, without oil and natural gas all of us would still be living in the Dark Ages…or worse. These hydrocarbon products are EVERYTHING to us as humans. And the oil and gas of the Middle East is the most strategically positioned resource in the world, one that all the world—but particularly Asia and Europe—depend upon for their literal survival. Oil is an incredible blessing, it has helped bring peace and prosperity to a dark, dangerous, deadly world.
But in spite of this commodity’s absolutely essential value, we (the United States) are not interested in stealing anybody’s oil and never have.

Here’s why:

While the U.S. has for much of a century provided technology and security to develop and protect the free flow of Middle East oil to the world, it has never been interested in taking the oil that belongs to others.

Of course, there are many who claim otherwise. I believe it’s part of a twisted mindset, a political ideology that insists that “America is the problem” and those who advocate that “alternative energy policies” are “the solution.”

“No blood for oil!” We’ve all heard such rantings. I’ve seen them several times at one of many anti-war demonstrations during the Gulf War (1990-91), and later during the Iraq War (2003), one in Washington, D.C. which I attended. But, in the words of John Adams, “Facts are stubborn things.” The facts, in this case, prove otherwise. Ask the Kuwaitis. Ask any of the so-called “Gulfies” from the several gulf oil emirates. (I have.) Ask the people of Iraq. In reality, the truth be known, it makes no sense to steal the oil of other nations. And we haven’t, but more so, don’t need to in order to accomplish our larger strategic goals.

The Bottom Line

For years the nations of Asia, particularly the Peoples Republic of China, have increasingly become dependent upon Middle East and Persian Gulf oil. This is, in fact, by (our) design. For in the end it is not necessary for the United States to own the oil to “profit” by it. While it’s true that the money generated by selling the oil of the Middle East goes to the governments and peoples of the Middle East, the world, however, benefits immensely by the relatively stable, and certainly fungible, global oil market. The world profits both financially and strategically.

This is key to understanding the global oil market and why we don’t have to own the oil to profit by it.

Recall World War II. We fought the Empire of Japan essentially over control of Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese Empire was sweeping through East Asia, brutalizing and enslaving every land they invaded (Korea, China, Southeast Asia, the Islands of the Pacific). However, their one Achilles Heel was their lack of oil. Japan is a rocky island in “earthquake alley,” essentially devoid of any usable natural resources.

At that time Asia lacked discovered oil supplies, so when the U.S. cut off their oil, Japan determined that if their Empire was to survive (let alone continue expanding) they would need to eliminate the Americans as a naval power in the Pacific Ocean. Their secret strategy came as a sneak attack at our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (“December 7th, 1941, a day that will live in infamy!”—President Franklin D. Roosevelt), nearly wiping out our naval forces and killing thousands of Americans. Japan was willing to go to war in order to secure a dedicated, long-term supply of oil. Obviously oil was, and is, that important.

Providence smiled upon us, however. For our most important ships, our aircraft carriers, happened to be out to sea and were spared annihilation. Rather than surrendering to the Japanese, however, and agreeing to provide them once more with the oil they demanded, we went on a war footing, retooling our economy, turning refrigerator plants into warplane factories, our commercial shipyards into designing and turning out warships. Within a short time we were constructing and launching a warship every day! The Japanese could not match our ingenious entrepreneurial capabilities, which overwhelmed the enemy with never-before-seen hyper-planning and industrial production. The Japanese didn’t stand a chance (as Japanese Admiral Yamamoto warned his people after Pearl Harbor: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”)

BOTTOM LINE TODAY: PROVIDING THE FREE-FLOW OF OIL TO THE WORLD

Today, China and all of Asia is “hooked” on Middle East oil (by our design), with America’s hand firmly on the spigot, in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, etc.

Always remember, Mr. Trump, it’s not the price of oil that rules. And certainly not the profits or de facto “ownership.” What rules is the Strategic Power of Oil, and who, in the end, ultimately controls the spigot.

With U.S. military bases in Iraq, in Kuwait, in Bahrain, in the Gulf Region, and in the African Horn, the United States provides, as we have for generations, the security that guarantees the free-flow of oil to the world. But more importantly, the power and control of America to protect, and ultimately shut down, that oil if we deem a major power to be threatening to world peace.

THE U.S. DOESN’T STEAL OTHERS OIL. WE HELP PROTECT IT FROM AGGRESSIVE TYRANTS. THE MOMENT WE CHANGE THIS POLICY WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF OUR END.

Mr. Trump, the time will come, if you are elected president, that you will be taken aside and “educated” on the Strategic Power of Oil and why it is beyond critical, and why we cannot, should not, and would never, “steal the world’s oil.”

(Take heart, Sir. I am certain Mrs. Clinton knows even less about this critical issue because she’s hopelessly blinded by her own anti-business—anti-American, Leftist ideology.)

So, in the meantime, perhaps this short (and very generalized, even simplistic) explanation can offer you some insight into what is something you’ll need to know…hopefully sooner than later.

You’re welcome.

–John Locke

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