By Bill Maher
“Backed by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Backed by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world’s oil supply.”
Yeah, right. That was Bibi Netanyahu speaking to Congress, trying to scare us old school. Really old school, playing on the fears that have driven us since Eisenhower. But can it continue to work?
When you mix all the good news about alternative energy with America’s emergence as the leading producer of oil on the planet, a pressing question is going to loom larger and larger in the years ahead: We’ve done what every president since Nixon has proclaimed we had to do: end our dependence on foreign oil. Now what? What do we get?
Maybe that’s what Bibi Netanyahu is so scared of. Knocking down dictators and propping up others and stopping WMDs was always our pretense for staying involved in that “strategically important” (read, “oil-filled”) region. But now that it’s less and less strategically important, our reasons to hang around there shooting bad guys seem to have only two uses: protecting Israel and justifying our military budget. Everything else is just Stuff We Do Because We Do It.