America suffers from ADHD compounded by 24-7 media schizophrenia and a President with no clear sense of direction. One day the United States is standing on the brink of war with Syria, and a few days later Obama has moved on to political warfare with the Republicans over the budget and debt ceiling.
Like people who are afflicted with the lack-of-focus inherent in the disorder, the Administration has the attention span of a gnat. In the middle of this intellectual muddle there's a natural disaster in Colorado and 12 Americans are mowed down by a deranged gunman—a government contractor no less—with apparent anger issues.
As the President's and nation's attention swings wildly between the crises du jour—some of which are of his own making—the Administration apparently is failing, or is purposely refusing, to connect the dots. The inescapable issue facing American today is U.S. economic and national security. The President is duty-bound to address it whether he likes it or not. Leading-from-behind has proven to be a lousy option.
Our national security worries could be addressed by taking a page from Ronald Reagan’s play book. In the late 1980s, Reagan’s policies bankrupted the Soviet Union by driving down oil prices from $40 a barrel to $18 a barrel over nine months, which caused the Soviet economy to collapse. The "Evil Empire" crumbled along with the Berlin Wall, U.S. national security increased, threats in the Middle East diminished, and America replaced Carter-era economic chaos with a generation of unparalleled economic growth.
National security expert K.T. McFarland says, we should “be happy to do it again.”
"Middle East wars will not stop with Syria, they are likely to spread throughout the region as oil-fueled Sunnis battle oil-fueled Shiites in country after country for years to come," McFarland writes in her recent essay. She urges President Obama to “think strategically” to address the Middle Eastern mess, and believes the best approach would be to pledge to make America energy independent by the end of his presidency and become a major oil and natural gas exporter by the end of the decade.
As McFarland says, “American energy independence would mean we no longer need to curry favor with one side or another in the perennial Middle East conflicts. Becoming the Arab oil countries’ biggest competitor means they will be forced to worry about how they are going to meet their own domestic payrolls.”
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