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Monday, August 08, 2005

Oy Oil

Let's face it: Saudi Arabia is our drug dealer and the U.S. has a serious itch.

This is why the U.S. has never dealt altogether sanely with the Saudis. We need their oil desperately. So while claiming to put freedom on the march out of one side of our mouth, we're also whispering sweet nothings to a repressive desert monarchy so entrenched in misogyny that the poobahs at Augusta must tip their hats in acknowledgement. (You can tease out a sense of how difficult life is for Saudi women by examining gender ratios in the country according to age group. As Saudis age, there are fewer women to every man. Simply put: Saudi life grinds women into the ground much faster than it does to men.)

So it shouldn't surprise that the administration is moving to approve Saudi Arabia's bid to join the World Trade Organization. When oil prices flirt with $64 a barrel, supplying the bulk of extremist Islam's financing and death-mad young men, curtailing none of its Wahhabi crudity, and actively suppressing democratic initiatives with its petroprofits evaporates as a concern.

It could get a lot worse as Saudi Arabia continues its lousy attempt at Saudi-ization: closing more fields to foreign workers in order to preserve employment opportunities for Saudi nationals in country. With 40 percent of Saudi nationals under 15 years of age, the prospect of loads more unemployed young men scratching about for something to do should send shivers up the spine of any petrojunky.

(One possible shining point of light has arrived, however. CHB knows that nothing curbed his youthful inner-insurgent more than a Happy Meal.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mom said...

Happy Meals were my salvation as well.

8/09/2005 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on, my friend. And you've been right for decades. W is the last one who'll turn things around, to give the Saudis the "tough love" they need.

8/09/2005 4:08 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

and here i thought havin' a real live rootin' tootin' oil man in the oval would help us rope those danged oil prices but good. fool me once, shame on...someone like me? shame me twice, well, then, shame shame shame.

8/09/2005 4:21 PM  
Anonymous opit said...

Living in oilpatch country myself I've wondered if Bush really does see a need to keep oil price down. After all, it might be a Bonanza for his home constituency.

8/15/2005 2:41 PM  

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