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Appease Them To Death – Is That the Plan?

Barrack Obama’s latest comments on Iran are some of the most stunningly neive of his time in the national spotlight, and that is saying something. It has been clear all along, that this President believed appeasement to be an effective diplomatic strategy despite their being no historical evidence of that tactic ever being successful. But, today’s comments take the groveling to a whole new level of absurdity. During an interview with the BBC Obama said that Iran’s energy concerns are legitimate and that as a result, we should allow them to pursue nuclear energy as long as their intentions are peaceful.

Of course, their intentions aren’t peaceful as anyone paying attention to the rhetoric out of Iran’s president can clearly discern, but let us put that aside for the moment. It’s these “energy concerns” that have me baffled. Iran has 136 billion barrels of proven oil reserves making it the 3rd richest oil nation in the world and 991 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves or the 2nd most of any nation in the world. I knew this already, but confirmed this information here, and it took me less than 5 minutes. How then does the President of the United States say this,

What I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns…

Dan Quayle misspelled potato and we are still hearing about it from the left more than twenty years later. Stupid? Yes. Dangerous? Not like allowing Iran nuclear technology because they have “energy concerns”. A Republican would never, under any circumstances, get away with making such an imbecilic statement.

Since the Appeasement President came to power, the world has seen North Korea test long range missiles on almost a weekly basis, Iran push forward with its nuclear plans and grow exceedingly more belligerent toward Israel, Hugo Chavez seize the operations of U.S. corporations in Venezuela (of course, he’s just following our President’s example – after all Obama has all but seized GM and is now hinting at a takeover of Citigroup), and Cuba thumb its nose at reconciliation overtures from this White House. How’s that appeasement strategy working out for ya’?

It seems we will never learn? In 1938, appeasement governments in Britain and France gave Adolph Hitler’s Germany 1/3 of Checkoslovakia and allowed Germany to unify with Austria. They just gave it to him to keep him quiet! At the time, Germany was not yet strong enough militarily to win any wars (think Iran or No. Korea today), but through these acquisitions the Nazis gained better defenses, more natural resources, more young men to conscript into the army and most importantly, time to continue their military build up. Why did Britain and France do this? Because Hitler “promised” to commit no further acts of aggression. I’m not kidding, they took his word for it! One year later, Germany invaded Poland setting off a World War that would result in tens of millions of deaths.   It seems my college history professor was right, those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it (and not just academically). Appeasement was  a losing strategy in 1938, and it is a losing strategy in 2009.

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Not In My Backyard!

Here we go again, yet another person who argues relentlessly for alternative fuels and rails against big oil is putting the kibosh on a plan related to alternative energy because the location is a little too close to home. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada doesn’t like the idea of a nuclear storage site being located in his home state even though that has been the carefully developed plan in the works for years. The Obama administration withdrew funding for the project from their proposed budget as a result of Reid’s influence. On a side note, I guess all that talk of the need for jobs for his constituents was just talk. These jobs just aren’t the right ones huh, Mr. Reid?

Yucca Mountain in Nevada has been carefully selected after years of study determined that it was the best possible location for the storage of nuclear waste such as spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants. The Department of Energy’s website provides a detailed description of the research that was done and the plan to protect the environment and America’s population through the use of this facility. Of particular note is the following quote:

After over 20 years of research and billions of dollars of carefully planned and reviewed scientific field work, the Department of Energy has found that a repository at Yucca Mountain brings together the location, natural barriers, and design elements most likely to protect the health and safety of the public, including those Americans living in the immediate vicinity, now and long into the future.

But Senator Reid doesn’t like it, he claims to want to solve America’s energy problems. Apparently that’s contingent on the solution being in someone else’s backyard. So President Obama went along with him and we are going to throw away the $8 Billion (yes, that’s billion with a B) we have spent studying and selecting Yucca Mountain because Harry doesn’t want it at his house.

This is much like Senators Kennedy and Kerry of Massachusetts inexplicable opposition to the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound off the shores of Cape Cod. This project would provide 150 permanent jobs for Kennedy and Kerry’s constituents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 734,000 tons per year, and save New Englanders an estimated $25 million annually in reduced electricity prices. With all that in mind, how could two Senators from Massachusetts who have expressed such strong concern about global warming and the need to ‘reduce our dependence on foreign oil’ be against such a project in their home state? Well, I suppose it might have something to do with Teddy’s view from the Kennedy compound or Senator Kerry might be afraid of running his windsurfer into one of those towers.  Just a couple more dedicated environmentalists – just don’t ask them or Harry Reid to put it in their own backyard.

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