OPEC Busting and Cowboy Diplomacy
Perhaps a sign that the batteries are nearly charged, rather than sleep like a normal human being as planned, Hillary Clinton's pledge to bust up OPEC got my goat last night. Within the context of her (and others') derisive statements lamenting 'Cowboy Diplomacy," I felt compelled to offer a bit of that context.
It is published at The Tank on National Review Online.
Logic Bomb: Rather than address what we can do and what is ours (such as our own undeveloped reserves), Hillary would rather pick a fight with OPEC and try to control what is not ours. Such a fight would net zero desired results and most likely result in even tighter export controls by ticked-off OPEC countries, yielding even higher oil prices.
Meanwhile, Obama wants to go "unilateral" on Pakistan. At the same time, without rattling a single saber, Hillary vows to "obliterate" Iran. (President Bush and Vice President Cheney must have all the sabers hoarded and secured in the War Room.) And now Clinton is swearing that she will apply an American wrecking ball to OPEC.
And you thought "The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."Silly rabbit, it's a Diplomatic Offensive®.
I steer quite clear of political commentary. However, when candidates for President of the United States and Commander in Chief lecture us on unilateralism, "Cowboy Diplomacy" and all manner of foreign policy topics while simultaneously establishing the above rhetorical track record, it needs to be pointed out. In context.