I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Defusing Dr. Strangelove

I have thought for several weeks that the titans of industry, many Republicans, and the Bush family friends in the middle east were trying to talk Bush out of allowing Dick (Dr Strangelove) Cheney talk him into an invasion of Iraq. The impact to the world economy would be catastrophic. The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States chimed in today with some dire warnings of his own.

Military move on Iran could triple oil price
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World oil prices could triple if the diplomatic standoff over Iran's nuclear program escalates into a military conflict, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday.

Assuming oil prices were at current levels near $70 a barrel at the time of an attack, "You would see that (oil price) perhaps double or triple as a result of the conflict," Prince Turki Al-Faisal said at a press conference hosted by the United States Energy Association.

"The idea of somebody firing a missile at an installation somewhere will shoot up the price of oil astronomically," Al-Faisal said.
Gasoline at more that $6.00 a gallon would most certainly result in Bush beating out Richard Nixon in the negative approval rating race. The Iranian's weapon of economic destruction is the Strait of Hormuz.
Because all Middle East producers depend on the Strait of Hormuz to get their oil to market, military action in Iran would jeopardize the entire region's oil flows, Al-Faisal said.

Oil flows through the strait account for roughly two-fifths of all globally traded oil, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Some 17 million barrels of oil are carried through the narrow channel on oil tankers every day, according to the International Energy Agency.

If there was an attack on Iran, "the whole Gulf will become an inferno of exploding fuel tanks and shot up facilities," Al-Faisal said.
The Saudis also worry about increased attacks on their own oil facilities, if not by the Iranians then pro-Islamic terrorists.

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