It was last week when Obama gave his historic acceptance speech that was full of applauds and approvals (and acceptance). Americans were assured of their heroic nation's future and safety as Obama laid out his agenda for the coming year... and bashed Arabs.
And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.... said Barack Obama. Notice how, in the video, Obama deviates the topic from a political one, involving the Middle East, into an environmental speech. This is not the case here as environment is not his main issue, knowing that the U.S.'s oil imports from the Middle East are only 15% of its total oil imports from various other countries. He did emphasize on the term "Middle East", indicating clearly that it's an issue to be dealt with Arabs, and not the environment.
This would be a way to reply to rumours saying that he is Muslim. He is trying to show opposition against the Middle East in any way, in order to bash these rumours as well. He skillfully covered this subject and mentioned renewable energy resources, harnessing them and making efficient use of energy. Then why, oh why did he ban Middle East oil imports, when they're only 15% of the U.S.'s total oil imports? Why didn't he mention Canada?
You can argue that Canada, from which the most of the U.S.'s oil imports come from, is a close ally of the U.S., but the five oil supplying countries from the Middle East are allies as well. Those are Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Neither the future of the planet, nor the U.S.A.'s national security are threatened by those five countries.
As I am very concerned about the environment and climate crisis, I am glad to hear that the second most carbon dioxide emitting country is aware of the crisis. But in the same time, I'd like to see action, as well as results within ten years of tackling the problem. It won't make any difference if the amount of oil America is going to stop importing from the Middle East is compensated by increasing imports from Canada, Russia or even using local (American) oil reserves, which are, by the way, 21 billion barrels.
I just wanted to share my ideas with you people and show the fact that the Middle East is not the main supplier of oil to the U.S. as what many people believe. I also strongly criticize other parts of his speech, specially this one.
You don't defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq. You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington.Hey, this same terrorist network Obama wants to defeat is the same one America supported back in the eighties, when the Soviets were the bad guys, and Jihad was once a patriotic American term. They supplied the heroic Islamic fighters to attack the Soviets and weaken them. But now, Jihad, Islam, Islamist and Islamic fighters are just synonyms for terrorism.