Since the presidency of FDR, our nation has made agreements with foreign nations to secure vital interest for oil, mainly in the Middle East. Over the decades, it has become apparent that America is dependent on foreign oil and our economic life depends on it now; with that, our security both domestically and internationally is at risk.

The oil crisis in the 1970’s made it obvious that we are subject to the will of others. In the mid 2000’s, again our nation was hit with another oil crisis, followed by a recession that we are in today, which has put us deeper in debt with foreign nations. Brazil, on the other hand, began its trek toward energy independence in the 1970’s and now is energy independent.

Recently, President Obama announced that he would allow off shore drilling exploration, ending the ban that has existed for 20 years.  President Obama has said

“We need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists, between those who would claim drilling is a cure all and those who would claim it has no place. Because this issue is just too important to allow our progress to languish while we fight the same old battles over and over again.”

The President’s statement shows his understanding that in order for our nation to be free as it once was we must shake ourselves free of the foreign entanglements that endanger the security of our nation.

Our nation has become so deeply entangled with other foreign nations that the very security is always at question. A nation that is not secure is a nation that cannot have peace.  What happens if the Middle East shuts off its oil to the US; or China and Germany call on their loans?  Russia has already laid claim to the oil fields in the Arctic Ocean and control all but one pipeline into Western Europe. Our first president, George Washington, warned of foreign entanglement simply because of the liability they bring with them. The great wars of Europe in the 19th and first half of 20th centuries were the cause of entanglements between nations. It is something we should all take into consideration as Americans, no matter what side of the political aisle you are on.

The President admits that this is not a solution to our energy needs, but as we look at his policy of a comprehensive strategy, it is something that will help in the short run. With the technology and the amount of pride we have in our natural environment, there are now safer and easier ways to go about drilling. Not everyone will agree that drilling will solve the problem, but they all will agree that our dependence on foreign energy has brought unwanted entanglements that can threaten the very fabric of our nation.

Our president is committed to a better environment and a better America, which means a comprehensive approach to the issues including energy independence, something we should all support for a more stable future.