This is America. A country that used 1960's technology to send men through 250,000 miles of space to the moon and bring them back alive for no other reason than we wanted to beat our enemies to that goal.
We did it because our President challenged us to do it within a decade. We did it with time to spare.
What we need is another challenge. One that challenges the best minds of this country to come up with an alternative fuel source within the next decade, thereby freeing us from our dependence on the Middle East for oil.
Think about what will happen to the Mid-East if and when we meet that challenge. If you think that it's a hellhole now, what's going to happen when nobody needs their only product?
These people are still living in the 7th century. They have no industry and produce nothing but oil. Even that was given to them by the industry of the West.
The people of the Mid-East should be begging us to Democratize them because it's only a matter of time before we find a way to power our country without them and, if they haven't modernized by that time, that whole portion of the world is going to implode.
The poverty there will make Africa look rich. Africa at least has some natural resources that can be sold. Other than oil, the Mid-East has nothing unless they can figure out a way to sell sand.
The tyrants of the Mid-East are betting that things aren't going to change, that we'll always need their oil. They're betting their lives and the lives of every person in their countries against American ingenuity. That's a very dangerous bet.
If we can put a man on the moon just because we wanted to beat the Soviet Union to the punch, surely we can figure out a way to power this country when our economic survival is at stake.