Moustache of understanding: The way for the US to regain its moral authority is to become a full-on petrostate
The way you defeat such an enemy [Putin + ISIS, because they are totes like each other] is by being “crazy like a fox,” says Andy Karsner, the former assistant energy secretary in the last Bush administration and now the C.E.O. of Manifest Energy. “We have one bullet that hits both of them: bring down the price of oil. It’s not like they can suddenly shift to making iWatches.” We are generating more oil and gas than ever, added Karsner, and it’s a global market. Absurdly, he said, the U.S. government bans the export of our crude oil. “It’s as if we own the world’s biggest bank vault but misplaced the key,” added Karsner. “Let’s lift that export ban and have America shaping the market price in our own interest.”
Wowsers. Dick Cheney has risen from the grave! (Or wait, is Cheney alive? How can they tell?)
If the price of oil plummets to just $75 to $85 a barrel from $100 by lifting the ban, and we have implemented tax reform that signals our commitment to clean growth, we inevitably weaken Putin and ISIS, strengthen America and show the world that we deserve to lead because we’re back to doing big, hard things at home that once again differentiate us — not just bombing in distant lands and pretending that’s getting the job done.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing, asked Karsner, if we showed up at the global poker table, across from Putin and ISIS, “holding four aces, instead of just bluffing with a pair of 2’s?”
Well, except for the groundwater, of course. And the oil curse. Fucking wankers. I'm thanking The God(ess)(e)(s) Of Your Choice that Maine has no hydrocarbons and we're out of the line of fire.