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The big lie

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Why do our politicians meddle in the affairs of sovereign countries?

The most recent example of this egotism is their debate concerning what level of involvement we should employ during the latest crisis between the Sunnis and Shiites in the Middle East.

The rational answer is no involvement. It’s absurd and arrogant to pretend that we could influence a religious conflict that has been brewing since the seventh century.

It’s also pure deception to state that involvement is necessary to protect our interests. The truth is that the majority of our citizens have no interests at stake in the Middle East. If it wasn’t for the availability of oil in the Middle East and the influence of the oil industry on our politicians and media, the present situation would be back page news.

With the amount of oil our country possesses, it’s difficult to believe our oil supply is really in jeopardy. If that were true, why are oil companies exporting millions of barrels of refined oil products daily and now are trying to get federal law changed to remove all restrictions on exporting crude oil?

This situation demonstrates how private interests, especially the oil industry, control Washington. Our politicians are constantly willing to sacrifice taxpayers’ lives and dollars for the benefit of special interests. Both parties are equally plagued by this weakness.

Replacing politicians after two terms won’t eliminate this problem, but it will regularly disrupt the influence peddling.

Michael Usher


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