Carol Platt Liebau: B-bye, Iron Curtain!

Friday, November 24, 2006

B-bye, Iron Curtain!

Though it wouldn't have seemed possible just two decades ago, next week's Nato summit will be held in Latvia, a country once sequested behind the Iron Curtain (HT: James Taranto).

For those who despair of ever "winning" the war on terror, it's a worthwhile reminder. Remember that many of the same people who are telling us that we can't win in Iraq are the same people who mocked President Reagan when he predicted -- rightly -- that Communism would one day end up on the "ash heap of history".


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Defeatists have existed through out history at least they are consistent in their poor judgment.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

It happened on Bush's watch. He's the cause of it!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Thanks to Bush and Cheney's failed policies, Russia & China are more in control of energy than we are and by 2020 the US will rank third economically behind China and E.U.

And of course Reagan made all this possible by leaving Afghanistan to CIA trained and funded radical fundamentalist freedom fighters, the Taliban. Even after Gorbechev had warned him of the dangers of leaving it as a failed state.

It'll be a long time before Americans will put any thrust in the Republicans and their neocon friends again.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
"Thanks to Bush and Cheney's failed policies, Russia & China are more in control of energy than we are and by 2020 the US will rank third economically behind China and E.U."

No need to dispair, editor! A little drilling in Anwar and off our coasts, and we'll be OK. Some more nuclear power wouldn't hurt either. How about it?

5:29 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Also, don't forget editor that clinton vetoed drilling in Anwar as well as nuclear development. Our failed energy policies go back a little farther than president Bush. Right?

5:35 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Cliff, all of the geological studies indicate there is not much oil in the Arctic National Wild Life Refuge (about 3 billion barrels). There are significant amounts off east and west coasts, especially Florida but the wealthy and even Jeb don't want to see oil rigs on the horizon and risk ruining their beaches.

I'll agree that there has not been an affective energy policy by either party as a result of the influence of deep pocketed lobbyists.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor, are you saying that the dems, who are now in power, should override the states and drill off shore? Not all geological studies are pessimistic, some say that we have enough oil in Anwar to last 50 or more years, besides Anwar is a frozen wasteland, nothing to worry about there. What about nuclear?

8:00 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said, "as a result of the influence of deep pocketed lobbyists..." To whom are you referring? Deep pocketed environmentalists?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Diane Tomlinson said...


You must be gazing into the same crystal ball that told you the GOP would keep the House and Senate. Drilling in ANWAR is not a solution, it is at best a stopgap. I will use the bloated high end figure of 16 billion technically accessable barrels of oil in ANWAR and what affect it would have on US consumption figures. At best that 16 billion barrels if it were all pumped directly to the "Strategic Reserve" would last at the current utilization rate of 19 million barrels a day would keep an America cut off from the rest of the world's oil supply in gasoline and other fractals for 2 years four months. Likely, there are about 10 billion barrels there and it will take quite some time to get the oil out at a peak rate of 1.4 million barrels a day. At that pace maximum estimate it would take three decades to get at 2.3 years worth of oil. That does not mean 50 years worth of oil Cliff.

5 decades worth of oil is a staggering 346.75 billion barrels of oil. That's roughly half of the "proven" reserves in the Persian Gulf, all of the Persian Gulf and a full quarter of the estimated Gulf reserves.

Free or renewable energy technology is the only way to go especially when one considers the usage rates in America are rising as well as the usage rates in India, China, Vietnam, and Japan. The global oil demand is around 80 million barrels a day. At that rate remaining static Terra has four decades remaining in the petrochemical age, best case scenario.


5:13 PM  

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