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And he is correct. It is probably the very best of all strategies.

Quote:Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world.

“Oil would be $60 per barrel instead of $100 per barrel, and that is the darkest day the ayatollahs have ever imagined,” Woolsey said at a gathering of pro-Israel Christians in Washington, D.C.

“If we want leverage over Iran, there’s really only one way to do it,” Woolsey told attendees at a Christians United For Israel conference. “By the way, this is also – $60 or so a barrel oil – is also just about the darkest day Mr. Putin has ever seen. Russia doesn’t make anything. When is the last time you stopped in a mall and saw something that said made in Russia? Russia gets along on oil and gas. Gas is complicated but oil is very straightforward. It is their cash cow. If their cash cow is suddenly worth about half of what it was before, they are very unhappy folks indeed.”

................ Woolsey said he feared the U.S. and others in the world are being naive in dealing with Iran.

“The Persian word is ‘taqiyya,’ which means essentially, lying to infidels,” Woolsey said. “It’s not just permitted, it’s recommended. We are in far too many cases willing to believe what is coming at us from the Iranians without putting to it the kind of skepticism that we should.”

He faulted the Obama administration for an eagerness to negotiate on a reduction in uranium enrichment. Woolsey said uranium enrichment should be stopped, adding, “’unacceptable’ means something different now than under Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman.”

“We are dealing with a very powerful movement, funded by Iranian oil, manned by Hezbollah, Hamas, manned by institutions that are tied to Iran,” Woolsey said. “And that we will see a signature on a piece of paper, we will see press conferences, we will see all kinds of praise from the mainstream media about how diplomatically sophisticated we are. And it will be taqiyya.”

I really believe he is on to something profound here. If MacDaddy wasn't so keen on placating the Eco-Wackos on oil exploration on federal land, we would be far more than the world's number one oil producer, which we already are. If we were able to force the price of a barrel of 'sweet crude' down to $60, Iran, Russia, and others, would be placed in a fiscal bind. But clearly the first two would be economically devastated from the loss of huge revenue.

And besides, we need the revenue to pay off our terrible debts incurred by MacDaddy AND Junior. We could accomplish two things at once here.
He is absolutely correct about the Iranian mindset.

And he is absolutely wrong about $60/barrel oil: not achievable. US shale production requires $100+ pricing and in addition oil prices cannot be lowered without the Saudi cooperation, and the Saudis hate the US now.

If this were doable, WWIII would have been avoided for now.
"Alternative fuel". That's the problem.
(07-21-2014, 09:29 PM)mv Wrote: [ -> ]US shale production requires $100+ pricing

That is interesting as that is the price per barrel break point for the clean up in the Canadian Tar Sands that I have seen tossed around.
The high prices are why the US has become #1 in production and turned Canada into a pseudo Saudi Arabia w/o the wahhabi religious stuff.

I was in on a small time oil venture in Kansas and we hit oil in a shallow well, miked the well and results said, "finish the well for production". Lead man decided against completing the well due to extreme low prices per barrel back then.

Just about promise the lease was bought and someone else completed the well.