Snagging Saudi Arabia was a snap. Bush simply continued the policy employed by his father -- kissing the Saudi royal family's collective booty. It's a simple technique but quite effective. Check Saudi Arabia off the list.
Iraq was next. Strategy? Kill off all the Iraqis and the last one standing signs over the oil. So far, it's worked like a charm.
The Sudan was easy. Just give massive amounts of weapons to its leaders and let them do the dirty work for him.
Nigeria? Send in the Robber Barons, create anarchy and seal the deal.
Let's see. Who is next? Venezuela. No-brainer on this one. Plot a CIA coup. The first one didn't go too well but it's still early days.
Iran is a cinch. With 10,000 missiles trained on its oil fields, they are kidding themselves if they think they stand a chance.
Who else has oil? Russia has lots of oil. And China. But like virgins accidentally stumbling into a biker rally, they are gathering in their skirts. Unlike said virgins, however, China and Russia are armed -- locked and loaded. Bush hasn't quite figured out his strategy here. Yet.
This leaves just one more major oil-producing country left on the list. America. Which techniques will Bush use here? Booty-kissing? Check. Robber Barons? Check. Send in the CIA? Check. Try to incite civil war? Check. 10,000 missiles? Check. Arm the leaders with massive amounts of weapons? Check....
When Bush came for the Saudis, we did nothing. When he came for Iraq, we did nothing. When he came for the Sudan, Nigeria and Venezuela, we did nothing. Now he is going for Iran. Then Russia, China and the US?
Bush's foreign policy has been visible, steady and consistent since he took the White House in 2000. "Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemöller's famous cautionary message is more profound than ever today:
In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me --
and by that time no one was left to speak up.