Thursday, June 12, 2014
The pointlessness of our Iraq adventure is about to be fully realized
The large Iraqi city of Mosul fell to Al-Qaeda in the last few days, as did Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad. Oil fields and pumping stations have been seized and all that's left is the sack of Baghdad by Islamist militants, and the sad story of our pointless adventure in Iraq will finally and mercifully come to a close.
The only problem is Iraq is OPEC's second largest oil producer. Unless the Saudi's supplement the production, world prices will necessarily go up. Our economy doesn't need an energy crisis right now. At least with Saddam in power, the oil flowed reliably. Of course there's the small matter of his rape-rooms, torture chambers, and chemical attacks on the Kurd's, but lets be honest, those were the excuses we used to depose Saddam, but isn't everything we do in the middle east really only about keeping the price of gas at our pumps as low as possible?
If only we'd start using our own oil, we wouldn't have to care what happens over there.