Can someone explain world events to me?
A few months ago, OPEC was unable to control prices as there was no excess capacity to be had. Their official statements were that they were concerned about the prices, but were unable to do anything about it. Now yesterday one of the oil ministers expressed the same concern, but stated that they were ready to increase the supply to help control prices, as there is plenty of capacity. When oil prices shot up to over $60 a barrel, gas prices climbed to well over $3 a gallon. Oil is now setting new records around $78 a barrel, and gas is about 15 to 20 cents a gallon cheaper...
Which is it, folks?
And in the Middle East... The US is blamed (and probably fairly) for invading Iraq, for imposing its will in the region, and for generally being somewhere where they aren't wanted and don't belong. But yet, what's the first thing that's called for after the Israel/Lebanon conflict breaks out? For the US to send over troops and/or to help broker a cease-fire...
‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not lament.’
Bonus points for source and citation... :)
Now, I realize that we're probably considered to be one of the few countries who backs Israel and who might be able to influence that country's actions. I don't think we're being asked because of our stellar track record in the region over the last decade. But look at our leadership... He's already said, quite colorfully, that this isn't Israel's fault, and that Hizbollah (or insert your favorite spelling variation) is to blame for it all. You think we're going to be the most unbiased source for a peace agreement? Or are you looking for an additional scapegoat?