With gas [and oil] gushing out of our shale deposits and the Persian Gulf states [now including Iran courtesy Pres. Obama’s appeasement policies and lifting of sanctions], it is time to readjust our policies toward the oil exporters, not least Saudi Arabia.
U.S. policy, rightly or wrongly, has put up with too much guff from the Saudis for decades because it was the arbiter of world oil prices and the cost of our own growing imports.
But all that is a part of the past for the foreseeable future.
In fact, the Saudis – and now the Persians, are pumping like mad, while counter intuitively, attempting to set up agreements to limit the fall in prices. In a recession-prone world economy increases in consumption are severely limited. We doubt that their attempts, now even supposedly including the high-cost Russian producers, will bear any more fruit than such attempts to set up cartels in the past. Even the vaunted Organization of Petroleum Exporters [OPEC] was only partially able to control prices for a short time in a formerly much narrower market.
As American exports grow – they have already started – so will the free for all.
What brings all this to mind is the idiotic report that the Saudis have just zipped off one of their star soccer players’ Mohawk to the consternation of his fellow teammates on the sidelines of an opening sporting event because it was considered “un-Islamic”.
Unfortunately, most of the individual Saudi billionaires’ nefarious actions are not as ludicrous, and indeed are a major menace to world peace and stability. It is no secret that Islamic terrorists often get their financing from Saudis, perhaps even indirectly from the rather fragile and multifarious Saudi government of the ruling family.
The Saudis are already shaking in their boots from the growing thrust of the Tehran mullahs to carve for themselves a Shia regional hegemony. Tehran’s ability to reach across the Shia-Sunni divide to become the sponsor and supplier of Hamas in Gaza, originally a creature of the arch-Sunni Moslem Brotherhood, makes the case. Our former Sunni Persian Gulf allies’ growing suspicions of Obama’s strategic intentions in the area have even driven them into a tacit alliance – as is the case with Egypt – with their old sworn, bitter, blood enemy, the Israelis.
To expect the Obama Administration, with its total absence of foreign policy experience – and now successes in seven years — to subtlety move in on the Saudis to end their Islamic excesses is probably too much to ask. But to do so effectively would go a long way toward defusing the radical Moslem terrorist sects now, unfortunately, coagulating in Daesh [ISIS or ISIL].
With its continuing hold on Syrian and Iraq territory, despite what Obama has called a gradual campaign to unseat them, Daesh is the prime menace to international peace and security. The incremental additions to American force being used against them – the Administration has just quietly moved B52s into closer range in the region – is not the way to go.
Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have all taught us the simple lesson that if you go to war, it must be with the anticipation as so many generals have said, that all war plans are kaput once the first shot is fired. It is, ultimately, as another American general so succinctly put it, a case of who gets there the “fustest with the mostest”. Obama’s “subtleties”, based on his lack of real knowledge of history and experience surrounded by advisers who have even weaker credentials, have retaught us this lesson.