I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no foreign policy expert. I do feel, however, that the United States sometimes sticks its nose in where it doesn’t belong. And I also think we tend to want to ‘democratize’ the entire world (see this post).
Be that as it may, in a blog at PoliGazette.com, the writer said that the Iraqis prefer McCain be elected President of the United States because they are worried Obama will pull our troops out too soon. They say their army is still too weak and that Iran’s President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad would fill the void left when US troops depart.
While there is undoubtedly validity in their concerns, I am reminded of our original reason for going to war in Iraq which, according to George W. Bush, was because of “Iraq’s illegal weapons programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors, and its links to terrorist groups.”
Of course many of us now know that was just a smoke screen and the real reason was related to controlling the Persian Gulf oil reserves. And the reasons we stay in the area is not so much related to Iraqi human rights or protection against terrorism as it is to ensure our continued access to the oil we so desperately need to keep our country running. Why else do you think McCain made the comment about staying in Iraq for 100 years? (For more information, see http://www.thedebate.org/thedebate/iraq.asp)
CIA Director R. James Woolsey said in 2001, “I fear we’re going to be at war for decades, not years. Ultimately we will win it, but one major component of that war is oil.”
Moreover, when you consider the fact that many American corporations, some of which have close ties to the current administration, are making huge amounts of money in the current reconstruction process in Iraq, it’s pretty apparent why McCain wants us to stay in the area.
I believe it is time the American people wake up and recognize that our national security will continue to be threatened until we begin taking an ACTIVE role in becoming energy independent. We simply cannot continue to let Middle Eastern countries control our destiny, take the lives of our young men and women, and manipulate our economic policies.