“They made me out to be this little girl Rambo from the hills of West Virginia who went down fighting, it was just not true.”
My Appearance on WYPR’s The Mark Steiner Show
This past Wednesday I had the honor of being asked to participate as a panelist on National Public Radio affiliate, WYPR’s The Mark Steiner Show out of Baltimore Maryland. Others on the panel were; writer for The Nation Joshua Kors and Sheldon Rampton, Research Director for the Center for Media & Democracy. I was invited because of my column, “True American Heroes”, regarding the not so factual initial claims concerning the death of Pat Tillman.
I must admit I was a little surprised when I received the phone call from WYPR. Considering I live in Northeast PA and, though I was a congressional candidate, I didn’t think I was recognized out of good old NEPA. However, the producer of the show came across my web site and after a brief conversation, I accepted his invitation. I didn’t do a lot of prep work as they called just a few hours before air time, however I get the impression I may have been called to offer the Conservative view on the topic under discussion. I was treated with a great deal of respect by host Mark Steiner. I really did not interact with Mr. Kors or Rampton, but the discourse was enlightening. Perhaps if we weren’t all in general agreement that the Bush administration, in an effort to solidify and increase support for the war, exaggerated and misled the American people concerning the aforementioned Patrick Tillman and Jessica Lynch, the exchanges may have been more direct and more heated.
There are very few things I am bipartisan about, if anything I relish partisanship. What is the point of a two party system if we are always in agreement. However, there are events that transcend partisan politics and I can not comprehend how there can be two sides of the mythification of Corporal Tillman’s death or Private Lynch’s capture and subsequent rescue.
I would like to take a moment on something two of the callers mentioned near the end of the show that I didn’t really have a chance to address. The callers made reference to how the news media is not covering the fact that “Big Oil” is behind the war. It was implied that there is some kind of conspiracy to hide this fact.
Listen up everyone; the reason the media is not reporting that part of the driving force behind the Iraq War is oil — it is not news. You either have to still be in kindergarten or living under the world’s largest rock not to realize that oil is behind every action that takes place in the Middle East. If not for oil there would be no interest in the vast desert expanses known as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, et al..
Of all the “reasons” given for our meddling in Iraq the one I would be able to live with the most would be to ensure the free flow of oil. The unfortunate truth is that oil is the lifeblood of the United States and most global economies. Crude is the lube that makes everything go. I just wish that all the folks who see conspiracies everywhere would take a moment and just think it out. You are not speaking some great revelation when you state that the war is about oil. When people state that it is being covered up, that there is a grand conspiracy they are, in fact, showing their illiteracy regarding geo-politics. When we roll our eyes at such revelations we aren’t rolling our eyes in disbelieve — we are rolling them at obvious naiveté.
To those who scream and chant no blood for oil — I challenge you to give up your car, give up your computer, don’t heat your home this winter, don’t take airplanes, and on and on. The free flow of oil is in our National interest. Please let us not forget that also when the price of oil goes up, it causes the price of everything else to increase.
Regretfully, there has been no stabilization of the global price of crude oil. The large swings in the world oil prices are another direct effect of the Bush administration’s failure to execute and manage the Iraq War and ensuing occupation. To that end we must break our reliance on foreign oil.