The time has come for the United States to assume a position of leadership and do so with an air of statesmanship, with more concern for our country rather than appealing to the electorate with giveaway plans designed to get candidates re-elected.
Regrettably, the entire effort lacks statesmanlike planning and offers no long-term solution (just like the actions of our Congress regarding uncontrolled spending).
Our plans and goals should include:
- Stability in the Mideast -- a considerable cost savings to the United States in the long run.
- Assurance of a dependable oil supply to the United States and the world, thus defusing a powder keg our enemies want to ignite.
- Reduction of the financial drain on the United States.
- An orderly withdrawal from the area -- allowing the United States to address other problems in the world.
To accomplish these goals requires some brainpower.
Pose the following question to the Iraqi government: Do you want us to stay? The assumption is yes, if the Iraqis indeed want stability, and the question is couched with warnings of the consequences (using our latent power as a bargaining chip).
If the answer is yes:
- Hammer out a five-year plan for our evacuation.
- Include the sale of oil to the United States at a discounted price (and we in turn sell to oil companies) to defray expenses during that time.
- Payment of any future calls for our support.
- A method to use our power throughout the world (at our choice), being reimbursed by the world via the United Nations or some other means, while at the same time addressing the effectiveness of the U.N. as a tool for world peace.
Walter W. Lamb is an author and a former candidate for the South Carolina Legislature. He lives in Aiken.
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