Soon the American public will note that the anticipated five-year price tag of $500 billion, with a probable loss of some 4,000 lives and 10,000 wounded, is not a reasonable price to pay to get our 2.5 million barrels of oil flowing to the West each month. This net increase, of just 0.23 percent of total OPEC (news - web sites) production, will not reduce U.S. gasoline prices.Let's assume he's right. So does that mean it wasn't ever about the OOOOIIIIILLLL? And does that make Ted Rall a "chickenhawk" for failing to go over there to fight alongside his heroes?
He's not through yet - after all, the item was posted on Veterans' Day:
It is no easy thing to shoot or blow up young men and women because they wear American uniforms. Indeed, the soldiers are themselves oppressed members of America's vast underclass. Many don't want to be here; joining America's mercenary army is the only way they can afford to attend university. Others, because they are poor and uneducated, do not understand that they are being used as pawns in Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s cynical oil war.This is more wrong and offensive than mere words can tell. I'll content myself by noting that somehow it has become about the OOOOIIIIILLLL again. I guess Cheney isn't so good with numbers, huh?
If we ever lose First Amendment protections, it will be because of the likes of Ted Rall.