If this story does not make you embarrassed to be an American tonight….
I am sure that if we followed the outrageous proposal offered by Donald Trump the nations in question would greet us as liberators…right?!!
Let us understand one thing before we go further.
There is a sick perception within the minds of people like Trump that America somehow is at the center of the world, and whatever is good for us should be fine for everyone else. Well NUTS to that!
We do not own the oil fields, and if those nations want to ratchet the price up to the heavens, so be it. That the oil-producing nations have no interest in world-wide economic decline means they also have no desire to make the price of oil beyond the world’s ability to purchase. OPEC is not crazy, or out-of-line. They are no different from the corporate types that Republicans love to defend in America.
America has had more than one chance to make a serious move away from oil but chose each time to duck the hard choices and take the easy route. Now things are getting more dicey and Trump wants to take over oil field in the Middle East.
Trump tries to somehow make it seem the oil fields would just be in America’s hands by magic. There is no way the oil fields could be taken and safeguarded without U.S. military force, and Trump knows that.
There is no way to paint this whole story as anything but a very sick attempt at making a headline for Donald Trump.
I had a feisty 35 minute sit-down with Donald Trump today in which he dug in on the “birther” controversy, answered Club for Growth’s charge that he is a “liberal,” talked about a possible independent run and answered your questions.
But we began with his get tough approach on gas prices:
Trump: Look at what’s going on with your gasoline prices. They’re going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do it anymore.” I don’t know if you saw yesterday, Saudi Arabia came out and said very strongly there’s plenty of oil. “We’re going to cut back.” You know what cutting back means? They’re going to drive up the price even further.
Stephanopoulos: So, what would you do to back up that threat?
Trump: Oh, it’s so easy George. It’s so easy. It’s all about the messenger. They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us. If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be there. These 12 guys sit around a table and they say, “Let’s just screw the United States.” And frankly, the rest of the world.
Stephanopoulos: And so finish this sentence. “If you don’t produce more oil…”
Trump: Look. I’m going to look ‘em in the eye and say, “Fellas, you’ve had your fun. Your fun is over.”
Stephanopoulos: So, you would threaten to take away that [security] protection?
Trump: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Let’s– let me tell you something. Oil prices might go down. Because there’s plenty of oil, all over the world. Ships at sea. They don’t know where to dump it. I saw a report yesterday. There’s so much oil, all over the world, they don’t know where to dump it. And Saudi Arabia says, “Oh, there’s too much oil.” They– they came back yesterday. Did you see the report? They want to reduce oil production. Do you think they’re our friends? They’re not our friends.
And Trump was even more specific on what he would do with the Iraq oil fields: seize them.
Trump: George, let me explain something to you. We go into Iraq. We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion. We could have rebuilt half of the United States. $1.5 trillion. And we’re going to then leave. So, in the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils. You go in. You win the war and you take it.
Stephanopoulos: It would take hundreds of thousands of troops to secure the oil fields.
Trump: Excuse me. No, it wouldn’t at all.
Stephanopoulos: So, we steal an oil field?
Trump: Excuse me. You’re not stealing. Excuse me. You’re not stealing anything. You’re taking– we’re reimbursing ourselves– at least, at a minimum, and I say more. We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves