Hollywood and I were sitting around in his living room discussing the world. We came up with a plan... though a little bit harsh and quite drastic, would solve quite a few of Americas current major problems; War in Iraq, the disappearance of the middle class, energy shortage, some forms of pollution. There are several steps, and if done completely and fully should work.
Immediate and complete withdrawal from Iraq.
This is not because I want to abandon the mission of defeating terrorism or any such thing. I just think that the real battle isn't there. That is just a major league out of hand side skirmish. We should be advancing, no charging in fact, in an entirely other direction. Withdrawal does two things:
First of all, it frees up huge amounts of national finacial resorces. It is obvious with only a vague notion of what the national budget is spent on that there is insane amounts of money hemoraging out of the US into Iraq, with some but very slow progress. Granted it takes time, but I don't think we have it right now and we need the resources for other things. (to be explained in a moment)
Second, and more more harshly... It seems to me that real freedom can't be given as a gift. The U.S. TOOK ours from England, the French took theirs from their monarchy, women in the U.S. the right to vote, etc... To establish your self as a real true sovern country, you have to take your indepentance from your oppressors by force, be that an occupying army or an oppressive totalitarian government. If you are, "liberated," then in reality you are just indebted to a new master. Though sometimes this may be a much nicer more benevolent master... you still are a debtor, and can never appreciate what you have anyways because you didn't earn it the way it must be in order to understand it fully. So, We leave Iraq, they kill each other for a while, end up with a new biggest asshole at the top, or they deside to work together to get their shit stableized and develope their own country in a fair way for everyone there... Either way it is their fate and their desision. Having the US there as a protector and occupying force just hinders the eventual outcome. Might as well leave them to get on with it.
Some of you might be thinking right now, 'but Notorious, I understand all that, but realistically we will need vast amounts of cheep energy to maintain the american way of life. That cheep energy is oil, eventually we need to control that oil to continue. People don't want to abandon their American dream just so that the annoying new story about war in the middle east goes away."
I agree that we do need shit loads of cheep energy... This brings me to my next step.
We, America at least, needs to get the fuck off oil!
The first advantage is it takes away the power that the oil producing countries have over us. Lets just be honest, we wouldn't care politically what was happening in nieghborhoods in iraq if they had no oil, we wouldn't be overlooking the Saudi Arabian protection and development of world terrorist organizations, and we wouldn't care what the veneswalan president thinks of US at all. Personally I don't like the idea that the shit that happens in these other countries effects us so significantly. They have us by the short and curllies... and I don't like it. Not needing their oil take away their power over us.
To do that, we need a massive change in infustructure! We would have to build many many nuclear power plants, we have to put up wind turbines all over the place, we have to develop technology that nobody has even thought of yet. Where would we get the resorses to do all that. Well, remember that huge budget we had for fighting the war, we still need it to fight the war, but the new front is home energy production! Depending on how you do the math, there are different numbers as to how much the war is currently costing us... but even conservitive estimates are in the hundreds of billions. Now imagine we spent hundreds of billion on changing our infastructure to home energy production. We would have shitloads of cheep energy. Building a nuclear power plant costs between 3 and 10 billion dollars... and a large wind turbine beween 1.5 to 3 million. The point being we are already spending the money on this fight... we should be spending it in a different place!
There are also many other advantages to not using oil as a primary energy sorce. A short list includes less air pollution, more more oil available for fertilizer and other petrolium products, possible reduction in greenhouse gasses. Each of those could be developed into a full argument in it's own right.
That being the plan: leave Iraq, then spend all those resorces on changing the energy infastructure within the US thus taking away the power of the oil producing nations have over the US as well as making us energy independant. There are also many aditional advantages to this stratagy. Think of a moment what kind of work force it would take to design, build, this huge new energy infastructure... You could put all of detroit back to work building wind turbines, electrical grid components, and new electric cars. There are so many things that need to be produced, not to mention constructed. The US might even have to increase its production capacity! Those are jobs you're smelling kids... and not low paying service industry jobs either!
Now what we will have is a huge energy production industry. Nuclear, Wind, Solar.... all that shit