This is clearly not about oil. The United States has solar power, wind power and there is exciting new talk about how used toilet paper can be burned to create an endless supply of energy.
Okay. Seriously of course this is related to oil, but not entirely. I think that despite all the other talk, this is about redrawing the map of the Middle East and hey I am all for it. All these failed regimes. All this medieval corruption and bullshit. It’s time that someone went in and said enough is enough.
Why not then do the same for Africa (I hear Rascal screaming and stomping his feet)? Well what can anyone do for Africa? If I had to come right out and say it and I am sure that the arrows will be flying in all directions is simply that in Africa it is not a question of regime change ala Latin America. We are talking about starting from scratch. There is no history, no civilization, no tradition of government, law, civil or human rights, corporate law, engineering, etc. While there were cities before colonialism, there were hardly comparable with what is there today (or they were on the east coast of africa and were set up by Indians and Arab traders). There is a chance that the Middle East can be rescued from another 50 years of stagnation. Africa is hopeless and I don’t see anyone re-entering the mood to colonize.
How do you feel about Algeria? Or is this before your time? It must be difficult to have so much of your country’s pride, prestige, etc. invested in a country just to see it go to the dogs when you left but hey at least with Algeria something can be done. What is anyone really going to do about the Congo or Somalia. All political correctness aside.
As to the free whores and restaurants, where do I sign up? That said, I think that the corruption and pay-offs you speak of are a bit less common outside of France and this may be coloring your perceptions. I think construction is a separate matter and all over the world. Yikes!
And the number one reason I think that US companies would never ever do this kind of thing (pay-offs) is because it is against the law.
So okay oil to an extent but I think that you also underestimate the “idealistic zeal” of the present administration. It honestly is setting out to end the long-term problems once and for all. But like all ideological packages, this one is clearly stirring up a lot of moral confusion and debate. Otherwise how could you get Liberals in the West arguing against removing one of the world’s worst dictators and tyrants? I think because either they hate the US more or they fear the US (genuinely).