John McCain: We went to Iraq because of our dependence on oil
At a town hall event in Denver on Friday, John McCain said the following:
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will - that will then prevent us - that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."
Straight from the Republican nominee's mouth, that is our reason for going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not terrorism. Not weapons of mass destruction. Not liberation and democracy. It comes down to oil.
Seen in this context, peace and environmentally friendly policies go hand in hand. If the U.S. puts even a fraction of the money it puts into war into researching sustainable alternative energy sources, we can stop our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. If politicians no longer feel that America needs to invade sovereign states in order to secure oil fields, we no longer need a massive military-industrial complex.
Of course, what no presidential candidate is saying is on the tips of nearly every American's tongue: we as a nation need to consume less. We need to drive less. We need to take public transportation. We need to walk three blocks to the grocery store rather than drive there. We, as a nation and as individuals, after eight years of being asked by our government to do nothing but shop, need to tighten our belts.
I have immense faith in Americans and in the 15th District that we can take these important steps toward personal responsibility. I just wonder why neither of the other two candidates in this race are saying anything like this.