It's about Iraq, of course, and Iran and Afghanistan. It covers Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Israel and Palestine, too. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi — that's where a vanity license plate just went for $14.3 million in a charity auction.
But mostly it's about oil. How much we need, where it comes from, who else wants it and what happens if we don't get it.
If the candidates went in not knowing how badly we've screwed ourselves, they'll come out with a new and terrible enlightenment. "Permanent bases" and "boots on the ground" will no longer be abstractions about fostering democracy or defending our national honor. Acting as if it matters whether Sunnis kill Shiites or vice versa helps distract the people at home.
To get an inkling of what we're up against — and have little chance of reversing — read this account of what's going on even in the "stable" Arab countries.
I'm working on my taxes and just calculated my annual auto mileage for 2007. I drove 2349 miles total in my car.
It's true, I'm in Colorado part of the year, where there's a 10-year-old Outback whose relatively few miles I don't count for business purposes, and when my partner and I drive somewhere together, we usually take her hybrid.
I don't want to send money to the middle east for bombs or bases or petroleum. But until more of us decide otherwise, our presidential candidates are all going to be pursuing the same policy, no matter how they peddle it to the voters.