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And ANOTHER Executive Order

Charcoal in Somalia. Going to war over a resource that we could make ourselves by burning wood.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/20/execut...

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SteveMT's picture

What is wrong about this? Everything!

To "help" Somalia fight corruption and violence, their charcoal industry is being put out of business.

The world's largest producer of opium is Afghanistan. I guess that industry is totally legit, and we aren't doing a thing to stop that. In fact, our soldiers guard the poppies for the locals.

Some great thinking is NOT going on here!

National Emergency! (In Somalia, related to coal)

I have a good idea. How about we first try to find some solutions to emergencies that exist here at home. I could make a list, but here's one that comes to mind: The Pine Ridge Reservation.

http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/image-files/pine-ridge-neig...
http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/no-longer-hidden-shame-on-a...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

So much for my Somali Charcoal business...

...but it was probably doomed anyways.

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Michael Nystrom's picture

Legal gobldeygook

What a joke. Written by a team of lawyers over something we have no business in, and carrying the full weight and force of law.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.