No one likes the idea that the US should surrender blood for oil. Liberal protesters loathe the idea, and conservatives go to great lengths to avoid characterizing their policies that way. Put more elegantly, US foreign policy ought to recognize that at some level, energy means life. We need energy for heat in winter and cool in summer. We need it for hospitals, movement of food, and a host of other things. In extreme circumstances, the United States must be willing to use force to protect our energy supply, and that of our allies.
Congratulations to Hillary for recognizing that:
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton advocated talks to settle differences with Iran but said Saturday that Tehran would invite U.S. action if it were to disrupt oil supplies.
"I will make it very clear to the Iranians that there are very serious consequences attached to their actions," Clinton said. The presidential candidate spoke at a town hall meeting with 300 people at a high school in a Democratic stronghold in early voting South Carolina.
The New York senator, responding to a question, said blocking oil shipments "would be devastating to the world economy."
If a Republican explicitly considered the use of force to protect our supply of oil, he or she would be savaged by the Left. So far, Hillary seems to have skated past -- taking a position worthy of Dick Cheney, but still enjoying the support of the anti-war fever swamp.
Who said the Left wouldn't sell its collective soul for the White House?