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Israel May Raise Prices At The Pump

March 16, 2012 by  

Israel May Raise Prices At The Pump
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Gas could go as high as $6 per gallon because of an Israel/Iran conflict.

Supporting Israel’s ambition to attack Iran may also mean supporting an attack on the pocketbooks of average Americans who are already battling a troubled economy.

Market analysts predict that an Israeli strike on Iran could push the price of regular gasoline to a national average of $5 to $6 per gallon, higher than the record high average of $4.11 per gallon in 2008.

According to The Hill, the United States does not import oil from Iran, but U.S. gasoline prices are tied to crude prices set on global markets which would be affected by Iranian oil disruptions.

While President Barack Obama and some GOP Presidential candidates have been mentioning gas prices as a political issue in the past couple of weeks, oil experts and economists say the issue is largely out of the President’s hands.

According to The Washington Post, oil prices have been most heavily influenced by oil exploration, automobile design and ingrained consumer habits combined with political events in places such as Sudan and Libya, anxiety about possible conflicts with Iran, and the energy aftershocks of last year’s earthquake in Japan.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vigilant

    “Supporting Israel’s ambition to attack Iran may also mean supporting an attack on the pocketbooks of average Americans…”

    Mr. Rolley, that is highly arguable. If (when) Israel attacks Iran, what difference does it make whether we support it or not? Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that Israel will protect its sovereignty at any cost, so our support or nonsupport is irrelevant.

    Moreover, the oil markets have already largely discounted the effect of reduced oil flow from Iran.

    And why no mention of the elephant in the room? As pointed out by Mr. Livingston, inflation of petrodollars as a result of the Feds printing press has a greater effect than most realize.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      70% of oil coming out of the Middle East goes through the Strait of Hormuz so if there is a war, Iran will blockade the Strait. Costs will go up in evertything.

      • s c

        Nadzieja, in a country where thinking ahead is a national priority, steps would be taken to insure that no Strait of Hormuz would be allowed to create problems. In America, where we have a wannabe dictator in the W H, ‘good intentions’ and America-hating “transformation” should be viewed as pure insanity.
        A prez who doesn’t hesitate to shred or abuse the Constitution is a liability. Those who pull the strings of those ‘in power’ in America probably have a sense of humor (perhaps), but since absolute power is their #1 goal, it would be worse than stupid to hope that the current prez has any plans for protecting America. As Lenin and Hitler
        knew from experience, ALL crises must be appreciated BEFORE they happen.
        If a teen or a grade school kid can understand what’s so wrong about this prez and his foreign policy and his energy policy, it doesn’t have to be said that we’re headed for crisis after crisis after crisis. If Obummer has any talent at all, there is NO way that ‘talent’ can be good or positive. It is destructive, it is hateful, and all but proves that there is NO leadership in the W H.

      • iuyrv

        hey guy how do we give the dick to stop printing the money and flooding the market with it .

    • Vigilant

      “Israel May Raise Prices At The Pump,” says Sam Rolley.

      Iran’s nuclear ambitions and willingness to block the Straits may raise prices at the pump.

      Oil speculators may raise prices at the pump.

      The Feds’ printing of inflationary dollars may raise prices at the pump.

      Failure of America to strive for energy independence may raise prices at the pump.

      Increased demand by China and India may raise prices at the pump.

      State and local taxes per gallon may raise prices at the pump.

      Obama’s wacky green energy policies may may raise prices at the pump.

      But, then again, “Contrary To Popular Belief, Gas Prices Aren’t Rising,” says Mr. Livingston at http://personalliberty.com/2012/02/29/contrary-to-popular-belief-gas-prices-arent-rising/

      Scapegoating Israel because we have failed to secure energy independence or kept our Federal Reserve in line is not what is generally perceived as an ingenuous argument.

      • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

        Dear Vigilant,

        If Israel launches an unnecessary war against Iran, then Israel will be to blame if the price of oil rises in response to the conflict. If the U.S., at Israel’s behest, launches an unnecessary war against Iran, Israel (and the U.S.) will be to blame if the price of oil rises in response.

        Any war the U.S. launches against Iran, unless Iran first attacks the U.S., is an unnecessary war. Iran is not capable of attacking the U.S., and would not be so foolhardy if it could.

        Best wishes,
        Bob

      • steve

        crazy people don’t think sanely bob. aks the 24 men who created 9/11

      • Vigilant

        “If Israel launches an unnecessary war against Iran, then Israel will be to blame if the price of oil rises in response to the conflict.”

        I certainly have no argument to that whatsoever.

        Isn’t a bit presumptuous to automatically assume that it would be an :”unnecessary” war?

        And wouldn’t it be a logical fallacy to conclude that a “necessary” war with Iran would not also increase gas prices?

        As for intervention, I’m wearied of the arguments that ALL intervention is bad. It is not. As there is good business regulation and bad business regulation, so too are there two types of intervention.

        Where were we at Munich in 1938 and when Hitler marched into the Rheinand? Where would we be now if JFK had not intervened in the Cuban missile buildup? How much has diplomacy and noninterventionism got us as N. Korea continues to build nukes capable of an EMP strike?

        While I agree that MOST intervention by the US has been meddling and unnecessary, let alone fruitless, nation building in the last few decades, I am not prepared to admit of any legitimacy of parallels drawn between the Iraq fiasco and what’s happening in Iran today.

        Israel, for more good reasons to worry about Iran’s intentions than we might have, is the only democratic government in the whole region. No one surrounding her concedes even her right to exist. History has shown, and continues to show, hostile intentions by her neighbors.

        You have a right to your own opinion, and I have a right to mine. And I do not personally accede to being accused of buying into media lies and propaganda, as I’ve been accused before. I’m smarter than that, do a great deal of my own research and I’m an avid student of history. Anyone who reads my postings knows that.

      • Vigilant

        As for a “necessary” war, must Israel sit and wait for Iran to nuke them before they respond?

      • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

        Dear steve,

        You may recall, those men were primarily Saudis. Not Iranians. And we’d never offend our Saudi friends, would we? http://whowhatwhy.com/2012/03/05/medias-belated-acknowledgment-of-saudi-911-story/

        Best wishes,
        Bob

      • Joe H

        Bob,
        As much as I usually agree with you, I would like to see your answer to Vigs last question above. “must isreal wait till they are nuked to make it a nessesary war”?

        • Don DeHoff

          Joe, I am a retired USAF Officer. I can assure you, with todays WMD, it could be suicidal to “wait” for an attrack before striking back—and the general rules of warfare and common sense, permit a preventive strike. I hope for mutual common restraint (like that of Russia and the U.S.), but I don;t think the Iranians will stop their research.

  • http://comcast Lee Bird -Veteran USMC

    The United States would not be in the oil and gas crisis if we explored for massive amount of oil on our soil and our own production. We will be at the mercy of global market year after year which is stupid when we have our own resources. This would create jobs which is greatly needed for our economy and we also could pay all of our debts with our own selling of oil. Obama and his White House staff have been negative and neglectful on this issue among others hurting the American people. ( people will not be able to afford gas to go to their jobs,80% of all goods are transported by truck in the United States.) This all takes time and we already are behind almost four years because of a President who has no common sense and business experience. The only interest Obama has is his way and no input of working minds is considered. WAKE UP AMERICA We need a President who cares for our people and not dictatorship as Obama strips all of us of our rights day after day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000182806261 Larry Kemp

      I’M BEGINNING TO THINK A LOT OF AMERICANS ARE JUST PLAIN STUPID.
      WHEN OBAMA CAUSES ALL THE TRUCKERS TO SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE PRICE OF FUEL THEN MAYBE THE STUPID ONES WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT THAT PERSON CALLED OBAMA IS DOING TO THEM.

    • Realist

      Ummmm…almost 4 years? Shoulda, coulda, woulda, back in the ’70s. Lots of blame to go around here.

    • Don DeHoff

      Lee, a lot of what you say is on point, but there is a much bigger picture. Oil is finite—”they aint(sic) making no more”, and both China, India and some others oil needs are going to increase several-fold. We, right now, don’t actual have oil to sell, but do so to Japan and a few other allies, for the sake of mutual support and harmony. Also, if you talk to the geologists, they will tell you our “reserves” are, at best, just a WAG (Wild A– Guess). Also, and while no one wants to address the issue, no one fully understands the long range consequences of taking all of that oil out of the earth. The resultant “cavity” must, remain a void, collapse or fill with another fluid, which has to be water, or a combination of all. What will that do to ocean levels, and the worlds already short fresh water supplies? Also, does the removing of the oil, and the travel of the “replacement” water affect the earths “plates”, perhaps to the extent they lubricate the crust which could increase the propensity for earthquakes–they do appear to be increasing in both frequency and magnitude. I apologize, I started to tell what time it was, and I ended up telling you how to make a Rolex watch.

      • V

        Don Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the rest of the Arab countries have been extracting the oil for over 70 years and I haven’t seen them cave in yet, on the contrary they have prospered enough to invest in research and development of other fuels. So, oil served them well, pardon the pun, and we, have nothing to show for it. If we utilize our resources,as they did, we will have the massive amount of money to fund discovery of other fuels. Instead we give them our money in huge quantity to develop their countries. Have you been or seen Dubai or any oil producing country, if not do so.

        • Don DeHoff

          “V”, you are well on point, (pun intended), but you did not go far enough. True, we have not detected (or at least reported) any “cave-ins” as you described them. Gravity, and liquids run “down-hill”(although some “wicking” can occur), are two factors that indicdate the void either remains a void or is filled with another substance, probably water, maybe and hopefully more oil, but it is proably water. That brings us back to the long-range unknown effects as to the source and quality of the water, and the effect, if any, of it “traveling” to the void. I have not been to Dubai and such places, as they are well (?) beyond my retired budget and my military “fly-overs” took place eons ago. We still have much to learn, and a 100 years of drilling, is but a blink of the eye, in the overall time-frame of this planet.. Thanks for you response.

  • Don DeHoff

    Sir, your “headline” on the gas price issue is misleading and, as you are a “wordsmith”, I suspect it was intentional. You state. “Israel may cause a rise in the price of gas”. It is not Israel, it is “the act of war” that will result in the increase in the price of gas. I believe Israel’s stand on this critical issue is sound, as for that country, it is a matter of survival and yes, life and death. Logic, deductive reason (and plain ol’ common sense), dictates it is the Iran/Palistine problem which could cause the increase in the price of gas. Bottom line, to hold the price of gas down, is Israel just to set idly by and let their country be destroyed? If my premise is correct, you owe Israel an apology.

    • James

      Son, Our acts of war are because of Israel. Iraq was no threat to the United States, Bush and Tony Blair faked the evidence of WMDs in Iraq to convince Congress that Iraq WAS a threat to the United States, to get Congress to authorize the invasion. That scenario is also true for Libya and our other warmongering in the Middle East. The billions we are spending to protect Israel from its neighbors, over there, is bankrupting us.

      • Don DeHoff

        James, please, unless your name is “Methuselah”, don’t call me “son”. I will be 80 years “young”, this month. I am a retired USAF officer, who spent his first 4 years in the military as a Staff-Sergeant . I have a BS in Military Science. You just do not have the “big picture”. You say Iraq, Iran, and who knows “which others”, are not “a problem” for this country. Just who do you think is trying to impose Sharia Law and Islam on the greatest politiical and social experiment in the history of the entire world—The United States of America? True, we are not perfect, but we stand head and shoulders above any other country in the world. Why do you think we have thousands of people from other countries trying their best to come here?

      • Don DeHoff

        James, sir, I forgot to address your WMD comment. It was not just the U.S. and Tony Bair, who believed that such weapons existed—it was the best intelligence available to us and “several” other countries. Remember, Hussein did use gas on his own people. Also, after the war we found many “empty” cannisters that may or may not have been previously loaded. Also, remember, he hid underground in the desert an entire squadron of late model warplanes. We may yet find his much smaller WMD buried somewhere. As a final thought, how much “egg” would be on our face, if he did use use his WMD, and how many additional casualties would there have been—then you could really bad-mouth the issue.

      • Mutantone

        James it is really strange how the WMD just vanished across the boarder into another country and still the evidence was found inside Iraq. To adhere to the democratic position lies that there were no WMD’s belays the fact that they gassed their own people not once but several times and that Syria has admitted that they shipped the WMD’s out of their country when things got trashed. But keep saying that there were none and that Bush and Blair only did it for ulterior motives and not the invasion of Kuwait or the threats toward Saudi Arabia or the fact that there were WMD’s there but removed out of country when the war started

    • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

      Dear Don DeHoff, Keith Clark and Vigilant,

      Don DeHoff writes: “If my premise is correct, you owe Israel an apology.” It is not, and we do not
      .
      Keith Clark writes: “We don’t teach history in the union controlled schools any more so is it any surprise that we repeat history again and again?” I have done what you apparently have not; divested myself of the propaganda taught in the public non-education system and shed conventional wisdom. Therefore I understand the neocon NWO agenda, and it is not what is good for the American people. Besides, Netanyahu himself says Israel doesn’t need America’s help. It just needs America to get out of its way. Israel is a nuclear power. Iran is not. And you’re worried about Israel?

      Vigilant writes: “Bob Livingston takes an active interest in monitoring the comments in response to the articles which bear his name, and he often inserts comments. I’ve not seen Mr. Rolley do that, but I think it’s time he did. He’s got some “splainin’” to do on this article.” I’ve “splained” it before. If you’ve somehow missed it, see below for starters.
      http://personalliberty.com/2012/02/27/on-iran-government-and-doublethink/
      http://personalliberty.com/2012/01/09/loving-our-enemies/

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • Vigilant

        With all due respect, I asked Mr. Rolley to answer for himself.

      • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

        Dear Vigilant,

        Mr. Rolley is my employee and is out of the office today.

        Best wishes,
        Bob

    • Fuzzy57

      Agreed! American government, Obama, is trying to cover all bases. As usual not to be at fault for anything but good. Then again he has had no good. To say that Israel will be at fault for higher gas prices is totally absurd. Israel has shown so much patience with Hamas, Palestinians and now Iran, Is a miracle. Israel’s existence is at stake! I am willing to walk for the survival of Israel before blameing them like Obama for higher gas prices. Obama is a waste of a human being!

  • Keith Clark

    Right, blame the Jews. Where have I heard that before. It’s like I’m living in 1939 all over again. We don’t teach history in the union controlled schools any more so is it any surprise that we repeat history again and again?

    • Vigilant

      Don and Keith, I agree with both of you. Rolley’s headline and lead paragraph are more characteristic of agenda-pushing than they are of simple analysis.

      Bob Livingston takes an active interest in monitoring the comments in response to the articles which bear his name, and he often inserts comments. I’ve not seen Mr. Rolley do that, but I think it’s time he did. He’s got some “splainin’” to do on this article.

  • Ted Crawford

    Whatever the price increases might be given Isreals actions, the costs to the World should they, and the World Community, NOT act, would be many, many times greater! And not just at the pumps!

    • Vigilant

      Ted, you have the American public behind you on that. Please see http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2221/iran-nuclear-weapons-syria-intervention-israel-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal?src=prc-newsletter

      Pew Research has determined that “a plurality of the public (46%) says that U.S. support for Israel is about right; 22% say the U.S. is too supportive of Israel and a comparable percentage (20%) say it is not supportive enough.” Do the math: 66% of Americans think our support of Israel is right or not enough.

      I’d say the public has spoken.

      • James

        Vigilant, Your math seems accurate, but John, the disciple Jesus loved, said this (2 John 9-11): Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine , receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

  • jopa

    All the tension in the Mideast is because of Israel.Gas would probably be two dollars a gallon if they would just get along with their neighbors and vice versa.Israel is always being guaranteed US backing because every politician in Washington fears AIPAC like the GOP fears Rush and Grover.

  • absolutely amazed

    Right on – those madmen who support an attack on Iran foisted upon us by any other nation have to be reigned in . Paul is right, Santorum and Romney and Gingrich are out of their minds and pandering to interests not aligned with ours. Don’t blame Obama – the blame for increased gas prices can be placed on this nonsensical sabre rattling.

    • jim shipley

      The real source of the problem is the Israeli lobbies and the money they give congress. Is it even legal for a foreign country to lobby congress??? Congress is more afraid of the Jews then they are of voters because they know the Jewish controlled media will back them.

  • FreedomFighter

    Gas price will be the least of worries if Israel wacks Iran nuclear bomb plants.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Ted Crawford

      I’m not understanding the logic behind your position here Freedom. My only thoughts, trying to view it from your perspective, is that you must believe that the Muhajadin, through Ahmadinajad, are running a “False Flag” operation, like Saddam Hussein did with his continued insistance that he possesed WMDs.
      Is there another logic that I’m missing? Is it just the Paulist Nonintervention ideaology?

      • Don DeHoff

        Ted, there is a continued gap in your logiic. Husseiin DID have WMD; he used them on his own people on more than one occasion. After the war, we found empty gas cannisters. Also, he hid a full squadron of fighter airplanes in the dessert sands. Surely, he could hide several hundred gas cannisters, which may never be found. Ted, you constantly beat your dead horse, and it is beginning to smell—just what is your agenda?

  • Wayne

    Prices at the pump is one thing, but we must always stand with Israel for much more vital reasons.
    It is the only nation on earth personally given title-deed to its land, and no one is going to wipe them off the map. It is Biblical and historical fact that they were disbursed for 1,900 years, scattered in all directions. But they are back, and there have always been some of their numbers in the Holy land. It became official in 1948, and in 1967 it recaptured Jerusalem, the eventual throne of Christ, and even further in time the dwelling place of God. That sealed eastern gate will be opened when Christ returns. Fairy tales? Hardly.
    Ask the Egyptian Pharoah, or Haman vs. Esther, Joshua at Jericho, Hitler, Egypt again in 1967, etc. Not a good policy to curse the Jews. (Gen. 12:3). It’s all in the Bible. The culmination of things is too. (Ezekiel 38). Note: It’s not just that the nations will come against Israel, (vs. 4), God explains how He is going to put “hooks into their jaws” and drag them to their place of destruction. It’s an even worse idea to arrogantly defy God. We are under the will of man at this point, God gave us free will. We have no one to blame for the judgement but we ourselves. And of course the father of lies, Satan. Mankind cannot govern himself, not in a family, not in politics, etc. Man has this propensity to self-destruct. But God’s will is coming, Christ Himself explaining that, in (Matthew 24:21), the experience just before His return will be the worst “tribulation” ever in world history, and never to be repeated. But it WILL come to pass. ALL prophecy does. We are without excuse, (Romans 1:20). We have the opponents play book. And we’re authorized to use it, embrace it, follow it. With confidence. We can trust in Jesus, and He’s the only One. Peace is coming, but not on mankinds terms.

    • FreedomFighter
    • Realist

      Pharcees, Edomites, and descendants of Herod may be back but I doubt the decedents of Kings David or Solomon are there. Look what happened to Begin. Look what happened to the USS Liberty. Israel has said the “we own the US and run their government”. Personally, I think that statement is probably truer than suggested.
      Be afraid, very afraid.

  • AZ Don

    I am far from an obama supporter but here is one area I must say, higher prices are not just the fault of barack obama. Every president since and including Carter is also to blame. However, we all know placing blame has never, and will never, right a wrong. Anyone who did not realize that before obama must certainly know that by now. Because that is about all obama has done, place blame. Where has that gotten us? Historically problems only get solved when they are recognized as problems. No president including Carter, has pursued a solution to the energy problems. Although the excuses are clear the reasons are not.

    The only thing that ever solves problems is appropriate action. For obama that is a very difficult accomplishment, he does not seem to realize what “appropriate action” means. Or at least he has not demonstrated he does to this point!

  • jopa

    Wayne Your article is very contradictory.It states that peace is coming but not on mankind’s terms.Well I guess if it is not up to mankind we can just ignore Israel and let God do his work and it is best not to interfere.The first half of your article leads me to believe we should give the Americas back to the American Indians for it is rightfully theirs.Just thinking about how many American lives were lost over this land dispute of Israels and the American treasure squandered.I don’t know if Israel even has any troops in Iraq or Afghanistan fighting what boils down to be their wars.

    • FreedomFighter

      I don’t know if Israel even has any troops in Iraq or Afghanistan fighting what boils down to be their wars.

      The above is BS and you know it.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • jim shipley

        Israel does not have any troops helping us fight their wars. They even demanded we pay them to stay out of them.

  • Mutantone

    I just love the title of this story like the gas prices are not already $5.00 and more across the country and it has nothing to do with Israel but the weak dollar and Obama’s continued printing of the money and the exacerbation of the problem so that now the dollar is worth about $0.30

  • jim shipley

    Name one thing Israel has ever done for US for the hundreds of Billion of dollars we give them. Ask the question: Why are we sacrificing our economy AGAIN so the Jews can live in luxury on the shores of the Mediterranean sea?

    • Don DeHoff

      Jim, you know not of what you speak. I am 80 years young, not of the Jewish faith but I have been to Israel and and Europe and have seen with my own eyes, the remanents of the holocaust. Also, those in Israel do not live in houses of luxury. And whether you know it or not, we and the Jewish people have a very dangerous common enemy—spelled, MUSLIMS. They have clearly stated that they are going to takeover Israel, the U.S. and the rest of the world. Their “MO” is to offer we “infidels” three choices, (1) become a 2nd class Muslim, under their control, (2) Pay an exorbitant annual “poor” tax and be subject to their control, or (3), you guessed it, have your head removed. Jim, this is serious stuff, please, do your homework.

  • Rick

    We weould not be dealing with thei crap had Carter Had the brains and balls to Deal with Iran in ’78. Instead of his little show raid that never could have suceeded. Cropo dust TX18 on Tehran get our people out and then take over the whole country and not negociate with terrorist. Take Hostages you die end of story and they would not be tryong this crap. NUKE IRAN out of existance and the rest will think twice. But go in wipe them out and leacvce not say and let our soldiers die for them.

  • 2¢ worth…

    Whadda you mean, MAY? Expect it!! .. It’s what the profit-mongers have been drooling over ever since gas was raised over a dollar a gallon and don’t think it’s gonna stop there, no! This will only be a temporary thing because if the public bites (and let’s face it, you can’t drive on water) then the next phase will be that ten dollar a gallon mark.. Just like the corporate profit margins where record highs can only be high so long as it gets higher every quarter.

  • donald cox

    Have You compared that cost to the cost of a rogue Muslim nation with nuclear weapons?

    • Realist

      Too late for that Don, Pakistan, Turkey for starters and they REALLY hate us now!

      • Vigilant

        Your grasp of US-Turkey relations is not very “Realistic.”

        Turkey is an ally and has no nuclear weapons other than those she hosts for NATO. She is not a rogue nation.

        • Don DeHoff

          Sir, Turkey is Turkey. They, having a very predominantly Muslim/Islamic population, which means we must aways assume that they are “devout” in their following of the Islamic Faith, which, in turn, simply dictates they support the world “take-over” efforts of the Muslim leaders; The very definition of Islam mandates Islamic rule of the world. Also, their Qur’an prohibits any degree of “moderation” of Islamic Faith, under penalty of death. I am sure many Muslims would be moderate, if that “ungodly” revelation did not exist or was not envorced. In the meantime we are also faced with the Islamic revelation of “Taqiyya”—how can we believe anything that say?

      • Realist
      • Vigilant

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/us-and-turkey-find-a-relationship-that-works/2011/12/06/gIQAh5UcdO_story.html

        “Erdogan embodies the “Turkish model” — a strong Islamist governing party that is committed to the free market and backed by a solid, pro-American military — which many administration officials see as the best hope for Egypt and its neighbors. But critics caution that Erdogan has narrowed the scope of democracy in Turkey by reducing the independence of the media, the judiciary and the army. In that sense, the Turkish model has dangers as well as benefits.”

  • chuckb

    the oil companies and the environmentaist lobby use the straits of hormuz as a political and price gouging tool. how long do you think iran could pull off such a move. 24 hours? this is nothing but the usual scare tactic.to manipulate the price of oil and make china pay more for her oil. we have very little oil coming thru the straits and this would not effect the u.s. this is the same old story of fear keeping prices high, thank you big oil, big banks and big time speculators. our involvement as the keeper of the world is destroying the country., the leaders of this nation are as much to blame as anyone, you say barry has no control over the price of oil, that may be true, however, he does have the control of keeping production down on federal lands and that’s exactly what he is doing. this works in conjunction with the markets. we are an energy rich nation and we are letting politicians ruin our nation over their greed for money and power. we do not need foreign oil, our investors do.

  • V

    So let me understand this, we are worried that the price of gas will go thru the roof unless Israel accepts suicide at the hands of those who hate it the most and constantly call for its anihilation, instead of tapping our own resources and become self-sufficient without the need to bow to other countries. But for the stupidity of the American public we would be the Dubai, the Saudi Arabia, the venezuela and Russia of the west. Americans are now spineless and Ass kissers. We are now at the feet of Pakistan, the Saudis, the Kuwaitis and the rest of Opec. We fool ourselves by taking pride in the accomplishments of the greatest generation of the 30s and the 40s, but we haven’t won a war since and we never will. We are getting a thumping in Afghanistan and we are again losing Iraq, . We have truly earned the title of “wusses”. And we want another country to put the lives of its citizens at risk so we can buy gasoline for $4.00 a gallon. I would imagine if we are threatened directly, we would just surrender and cry.

    • Realist

      V says:So let me understand this………………………………………………………………………….

    • Earl

      A parting shot at the end of this blog…………….Just so the general posting audience knows it, there are 24,000 Jews living in peace in Iran……Are the Israelis going to attack and/or nuke Iran and risk annihilating all those Jews. If the Iranians are so horrible and anti-Semitic, why are they still there? Answer, because they have always been there. The truth is, the USA has planned for the last 7 years or so to effect “regime change” in the middle east, installing puppet governments more friendly to the US. The “Color revolutions” in S. Asia and the Russian former states, and the “Stans” were all done for the above mentioned reasons. The current round started with Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq,Libya, now Syria, next will be Iran and so forth. It’s been said “the road to Iran goes thru Damascus. The same thing on a different scale is happening in Africa on a different scale. It is nothing less than the re-colonization of the middle east and Africa by the hegemonic world powers, predominately made up of NATO and when necessary, the UNSC…..The objective is to head off Chinese control of those areas…..I hope this clears the air a little.

      For a verification of the above, refer to US General Wesley Clark statements to that effect.Also refer to the writings, if you can find them by the Project for the New American century. Also see Brookings Institute article “which way Persia?” (Iran) Agenda 21 is also mighty interesting!!! Now go educate yourselves………..

      • Don DeHoff

        Earl, you must come in from out of the dark and ID yourself. It will take time to verify your comments. It will be easier if I can run my “super-snooper” program and check out your bona- fides. I did a little checking with some of my Jewish friends and they said your Jewish “residence” figures are grossly overstated, and they also stated those few Jews that are there, have either “converted” to a 2nd class Muslim status or they are living in constant fear of both, the Iranians and the consequences of a possible war. Please, provide some of your supporting material. I will “google” what I can and let you know the results. I have three “approved” English translations of the Qur’an, and your “peaceful” comment just does not hold water. The Qur’an clearly states in several places that Muslims are prohibited from having Jewish friends and that they, like all “infidels”, must be, converted to second class Muslims, pay and exhorbant annual tax and still be in a second class status, or have their heads removed (hardly a godly revelation). The other information you submitted concerning the various U.S. governmental “plots” will be difficult to verify and I suspect are purely conjecture. May I ask, sir, are you a person of the Islamic Faith?. I understand and respect their revelation that Muslims are prohibited from even discussing the validity of the Islamic Faith, again under penalty of death. No, I am not saying Irainians are horrible, but they are still living within a never changing, 7th Century, very barbaric culture.

        • V

          Don, you are right on target regarding the Iranian Jews. I am a Jew from a Middle Eastern Country. Never was I or my family who had been in that country for generations, probably since Moses, were considered nationals, just because we are jews. And you are right, one is consedered second class citizen unless you are a muslim and even then you are a lower class of muslim. So, this is directed at Earl as well, so he would know.

          • Don DeHoff

            “V”, I ask Google and some of the other search engines as to the number of Jews in Iran. I received figures of 11,000 to 70,000. It appears that many, in the interest of self preservation and peace, assimilated into the Muslim community. There also appears to be a significant reduction in the flow of information. I am sure there are groups “out there” that have a far greater insight as to what is going on—I am but a 80-year “young” man, who is still courious about a lot of things. Shalom aleichem! (only two Jewish words I know).

          • V

            Don Shalom Aleikhem. I am (was) from Egypt and I can give a count of Egyptian Jews. The total sum is 0. My familt and I were the last ones to leave (exiled) once they ransacked and confiscated all our possessions. I do have friends, Iranian Jews and the total count is not easy to get, as some Jews are not quick to volunteer that information, for obvious reasons. I am a 65 year young man. left when I was 20

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