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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

I am discouraged at flinging out there the most obvious of truths and would normally meander along, but at the encouragement of Professor Juan Cole I will put forth the most elemental solutions for our problems in the middle east: get out and stay out.

Huffing realists would instantly inform this hippie treehugger that of course we need the middle east for petrochemical fuel, we can’t survive without it, in the last 30 years 2 wars in Iraq, an unending war in Afghanistan and an incredible drone war encompassing lord knows how many countries and costing at least $3 trillion dollars is totally completely worth it. Really.

As the broken bodies come home crushed in spirit too, watching the smog turn browner in the warming air, hordes of livid humans lashing out in vivid cruelty while the ships steam on and the missiles fly, yes, it is so easy to accept it so casually as just the way things are, American, this is your world so shut up and cringe along with it.

We don’t need the middle east for petroleum fuel, by all the atoms in the universe we don’t, we have the solution right in our hands with electric cars and a solar conversion. At this point the realists in the past always said that’s so very nice to wish the world was a better place, dreamy liberal, so move along while ExxonMobil buys Congress.

Problem is along with all the wars and blood and casualties and trillions of dollars spent for nothing but smog that of course Al Gore has been right all along, global warming is real, climate change is brutally forcing home a physical and mental reality that we cannot burn oil or gas as fuel anymore, we convert to renewables or all that we know is gone for our children.

We would leave behind that filthy, loud, spewing engineering turd of incredible danger and damage, the awful internal combustion engine, what a grossly inefficient mechanism to convert energy. Electric cars have no transmission, no oil, no cooling fluids, no exhaust system, just a beautifully simple motor of awesome efficiency that rates them always at above a theoretical 100 mpg.

We would leave behind this sickening support of monarchies and thugs in the middle east, as a people and country we’re a lot better than that, and whomever says this unending secret war of drones is a totally cool new thing, well, we would leave behind that terribly dangerous warfare along with all the rest. Remember what real peace felt like?

We would leave behind this terrible guilt we’re ruining the planet and federal budget for nothing but insanity and climate change, how good it would be as Americans to be really working for a future that truly works.

We don’t have to even convert to 75% to be the hell out of that cauldron in the middle east, at 50% oil reduction we start to cruise on domestic supplies, eventually getting to 100% as we stop another stupid insanity, petrochemicals are far too valuable to burn.

Fully 30% of the domestic oil demand goes to making plastics and carbon materials, at least ExxonMobil, after their screeching and rending, will exist as a company, many sweeping tides of change have obliterated companies and industries completely.

Getting out of useless horrifying wars does not mean being an isolationist toward our allies, the President can still strut around with aircraft carriers if the impulse arises, but as we burn less and less oil and gas the middle east will simply fade in strategic importance.

We will lose nothing as a people, we still get our cars and freeways and cup holders and sprawl. We will in fact prosper as our people get holy employment instead of body bags in the solar conversion, and a fun little fact of renewables will start to sink home: they’re free and never go away, the sun always shines and the wind always blows, free of costs, I wouldn’t lie. Our economy and landscape will bloom in a new efficient way that doesn’t horrendously bleed a trade imbalance.

It has been a horrific spring and summer of terrible political news, the supreme court has run off the rails with lying insanity again, some saying this is a perfect motivator for the midterms. Sorry, cringing from abuse can indeed be motivating but it’s nothing compared to real hope, real change, and real honesty that brings peace and clear skies by getting out of the middle east. Offer Americans real change that works by starting the solar conversion and getting out of the middle east, that’s how you sweep midterms in smashing victory.

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  •  "Remember what real peace felt like?" (7+ / 0-)

    Not really, though I'm 65 years old. I remember "duck and cover," the Cuban missile crisis, domestic assassinations, Vietnam, Central America under Reagan, then the wars of both Bush presidents. I do remember Bill Clinton avoiding wars, and most of us remember the upheaval the GOP wrought on his presidency. Obama insisted on a limited role in the international action against Ghadaffi, who was bombing his own people.

    However many millions have died in these wars is more than enough. If we used the subsidies we give Big Oil, I'd bet we could come up with affordable electric cars. Let's do that or whatever it takes to get out of the Middle East and whatever other countries we're meddling in around the world.

    Thanks for the good thinking, paradox!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:15:40 AM PDT

  •  Not allowed to get out of the Mid East (0+ / 0-)

    The U.S. is not allowed to get out of the Middle East--not allowed by the major campaign donors of the  American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Christians United for Israel, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and other deep pocket organizations.

  •  Huffing realists would instantly inform this hippi (0+ / 0-)

    Zzzzzzzzzz...

    Foreign policy as DKos pie fight.

    Stopped reading right there.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:54:16 AM PDT

  •  A Discussion that's been going on (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    from the 70's.

    of course we need the middle east for petrochemical fuel, we can’t survive without it
    No we don't.

    If we were really concerned about energy independence this would have been solved decades ago.

    We're now exporting oil.  Our Natural Gas production has scared the Saudis.

    You gotta make up your mind.  We can be independent.  We can open the public lands that have been closed.  We can open offshore.

    Can't have it both ways, imho.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:35:31 AM PDT

    •  We have the means to go independent (1+ / 0-)
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      Greyhound

      of outside petroleum without opening all the public lands to exploitation. We just need the political will.

      •  And if we could extend that will to simply stop (0+ / 0-)

        burning fossil fuel to move stuff around, we could start capping Domestic wells and begin to let the land heal.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

        by Greyhound on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 04:36:24 AM PDT

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