In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq and dismantled Saddam Hussein’s regime. By the end of 2011 we withdrew from Iraq. This year, ISIS moved in. Since we destabilized the region in ’03 and left a power vacuum in ’11, the United States is responsible for ISIS. So yet again we ponder exercising military might to fix things in the Middle East. The last Iraq War, according to a study at Brown University, cost $2 trillion in addition to 4,500 American lives.
I suggest we’d be far better off not venturing back into war and simply stop importing oil from the region. For $2 trillion we could convert our infrastructure and auto industry to all non-gasoline powered vehicles: electric or CNG. Adding a progressive tax burden to gasoline would encourage drivers to make the switch.
If we weren’t dependent on the Middle East for oil, we wouldn’t have gone to war over Hussein or Kuwait in the first place. The time has come to make the right choice and end the impulsive blood-for-oil strategy.
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J. Jason Gale, Modesto