- The Washington Times - Monday, March 29, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The argument that drilling for oil off the coast of Cuba will be successful and influence the global market in a meaningful way is based on a faulty premise (“Obama surrenders gulf oil to Moscow,” Comment & Analysis, March 18).

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will always control the global market of oil, and it is naive to suggest otherwise. Also, offshore drilling is not just an environmental or “green” issue, as the editorial suggests. It is a national security issue. Whether produced domestically or imported from abroad, the global nature of the oil market ensures that increased demand for oil only helps the very countries that oppose the United States, violently in some cases.

To advocate for a continued dependence on this finite resource is to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States. As a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I applaud President Obama’s effort to formulate a long-term and sustainable model for national security through common-sense energy policy.

NEIL RILEY

Operation FREE

Portland, Maine

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