Diana West
Question: Who wrote the following?

"U.S. politicians must muster the courage to scrap the fable of energy independence once and for all. If they continue to lead their people toward the mirage of independence and forsake the oasis of interdependence and cooperation, only disaster will result."

Hint: "Mirage" and "oasis" are giant clues about the name of the writer's country.)

Answer: Saudi Arabia's Turki al-Faisal wrote the above in a 2009 Foreign Policy magazine essay hectoring "misguided" U.S. politicians who promote American energy independence from Saudi Arabia, one of the top oil suppliers to the United States. This strategy, wrote the former ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom, is "political posturing at its worst."

Don't you just love lectures in democracy from potentates of religious dictatorships? In President Barack Obama, it looks as if Turki has found his turkey: a president with the Saudi idea of "courage" to keep the United States on the Saudi reservation -- sorry, I meant "oasis of interdependence and cooperation" (ka-ching).

It's not just that Obama has presided over the near-end or slow crawl of new domestic drilling. The administration has been dragging its feet on approving a game-changing new pipeline that would, according to a December 2010 study commissioned by the Obama administration itself, effectively eliminate our dependence on oil from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other nasty oil suppliers. The new pipeline would increase our intake from friendly, democratic, human-rights-friendly and environmentally conscious Canada next door. (Canada is already the No 1. supplier of oil to the United States.) Short of exploiting our own ample oil resources, I can't think of a better scenario.

There's also a bonus: The proposed new pipeline from the oil sands of western Canada to the refineries of Texas would create 100,000 American jobs, according to Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican and House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman. Even Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore supports the project.

So what are we waiting for? The Obama administration to say yes.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).