September 12, 2016

IF HE WEREN'T SO IGNORANT HE'D KNOW WE DON'T EVEN NEED IT:

Trump's 'Take the Oil' Madness : If the Republican candidate followed through on his frequent calls to take Iraq's oil, we'd be looking at hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops back in the Middle East. (Bruce Riedel, 09.12.16, Daily Beast)

In fact, America "taking the oil" would destroy immediately the coalition fighting the Islamic State and eviscerate the struggle against al Qaeda as well.  Both terrorist groups would argue they had been right all along: America only wanted Islam's oil.  The two rivals might reunite.  Recruitment of extremist fighters would skyrocket.

No Muslim state would host American troops or cooperate with counter-terrorist operations.  Friendly Arab governments like Jordan would have to break ties with Washington or face massive unrest.  Americans traveling in the Islamic world from Morocco to Indonesia would be at risk.  Sunnis and Shia alike would stalk Americans.

None of our Western allies would support taking the oil.  (Canada would have to wonder if Alberta is next.)  The Europeans would see such a naked land grab as a return to the era of Hitler and Stalin.

Russia, on the other hand, would claim its seizure of Crimea was post facto legitimized.  Trump and Vladimir Putin would be fellow war criminals. China would be tempted to go for more influence in the South China Sea. The growing American-Indian rapprochement would be endangered, if not broken completely. [...]

Taking the oil is the most dangerous and irresponsible of all of the Republican nominee's policy proposals.  It's one he has repeated often.  If you want permanent war in the Middle East and a titanic clash of cultures between Islam and America, it's your best bet.

Nevermind any of the morality at play, just consider how much more the oil would cost.
Posted by at September 12, 2016 6:35 PM

  

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