Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Arab Gaddafi was allegedly killed in a NATO bomb strike this weekend in Tripoli. The low profile Saif was only four years old when he was seriously wounded during a President Reagan ordered air strike against Gaddafi in 1986. Perhaps Saif should not have gone into the family business.
The clock is running on the Saudi Monarchy and with it our precious unhindered supply of crude oil. Yes, the strife in the Middle East and the populist uprisings have only just begun. The US needs to implement a crash program like the military build-up in the 1940’s and the Space Program in the 1960’s to plan and execute an energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil. We have the ability, do we have the will?
· Are we willing to declare it a national emergency?
· Are we willing to command the oil and gas exploration companies to put national interests ahead of their own?
· Are we willing in the short term to increase domestic production?
· Are we willing to increase national reserves?
· Are we willing to substantially increase CAFE standards?
· Are we willing to invest in a natural gas infrastructure for consumer and commercial transportation?
· Are we willing to make environmental considerations secondary?
· Are we willing to make significant investments in electric and battery technology and infrastructure?
· Are we willing to ration fuel?
· Are we willing to tax gasoline to fund new technology development?
· Are we willing to get tough on the oil companies?
· Are we willing to develop other foreign sources of oil such as Brazil?
That is but a short list of questions that need to be asked.
Meanwhile elsewhere in the Middle East: Bin Laden is dead, Syria is in flames, Turkey is shitting itself over Syrian unrest spreading into the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Hamas and Fatah are talking again, Egypt wants relations with Iran, the royal families of Jordan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia are squaring away their Swiss bank accounts, and Israel wonders why these crazy Arabs cannot get their shit together.
Did I mention Bin Laden is dead?