Back in March, Donald Trump proposed an extraordinarily straightforward energy policy for solving the short and long term energy woes of the United States.
The plan has two principal parts. First, the U.S. military re-invade the Middle East and commandeer control of Iraqâ€™s oil fields. As Trump sees it, the U.S. earned the right to annex Iraqâ€™s abundant reserves of crude oil by investing about $1.5 trillion in ousting Saddam Hussein. Trump explained his thinking in an interview with George Stephanapoulos:
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 weâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t at all.
Stephanopoulos: So, we steal an oil field?
Trump: Excuse me. Youâ€™re not stealing. Excuse me. Youâ€™re not stealing anything. Youâ€™re takingâ€“ weâ€™re reimbursing ourselvesâ€“ at least, at a minimum, and I say more. Weâ€™re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves.
But Trump is not one to put all his eggs in one basket. On the contrary, in the unlikely event the U.S. is unable to colonize Iraqâ€™s oil reserves by military shock and awe, Trumpâ€™s plan envisions an equally simple â€œPlan Bâ€ strategy for bringing down gas prices. Trump explained the mechanics of this strategy to CNN:
â€œI can send two executives into a room. They can say the same things; one guy comes home with the bacon and the other guy doesnâ€™t. Iâ€™ve seen it a thousand times . . . We donâ€™t have the right messenger. [President Barack] Obama is not the right messenger. We are not a respected nation anymore and the world is laughing at us.â€
In other words, because OPEC controls the price of crude oil, all we need to do is tell OPEC to reduce oil prices and Ta-Da! â€“ cheap gasoline for everyone forever and ever.
I recall the famous Colin Powell phrase on the prospect of invading Iraq to depose Saddam: "You break it, you bought it." Now we have the Trump version: you break it, you get it keep it for free. Huh?
I don't think it works that way, Donald. I suppose you would not be in favor of sending all our natural resources such as coal, iron ore, agricultural products, and timber to some other country just because they did something nice for us. Natural resources work like this: if it's inside the territorial boundaries of your nation, you own it, and nobody else gets it without PAYING you for it. Is invading Iraq and killing many civilians on the way to deposing their tyrant something that they legally need to pay us for?Â International law does not work that way, and it is probably a good thing, because how many nations would invade their better-resourced neighbors just in order to get "paid" for the favor of "liberating" the citizenry?
Donald, you are supposed to be a businessman. How is it you don't seem to understand these basics?