I'm upset that we're in bed with a country that treats women like sh*t and I'm accused of flaming feminists for doing nothing?
Maybe I'm mostly upset because I'm pretty darn sure that if it were blacks or some other minority that were being treated like that the vocal outrage would be a cacaphony of noise (Darfur anyone?) but because it's WOMEN I'm supposed to just respect their culture?
So thinking about it (and I think that's a stupid premise to begin with...what, you're not allowed to be upset about something without having a concrete plan on how to fix it? Yes you are, unless you're a politician and then it's your freaking JOB to propose solutions and then implement them,) I have come up with a solution on how to solve this and every other freaking problem in the middle east.
The basic problem as I see it is we are exchanging 21st century money to a region with a 7th century mentality in exchange for oil. Saudi Arabia gets our money, Iraq gets our money, heck IRAN gets our money. However...they also get China's money...India's money...and a number of other countries money. So even if we summarily pulled out, they'd still be pretty well funded.
Here is my solution:
Start drilling for oil HERE in the US and quit buying it over there. Make the United States THE #1 producer of cheap energy in the WORLD (helloooo nuclear!)
Make energy so freaking cheap there is no reason for any country *anywhere* to want to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran or any of the other oil producing countries.
Cut them off completely from American dollars...and Euros...and Chinese dollars...and Japanese Yen...and every other form of currency from countries that BUY OIL. All those countries following market pressures would start buying energy from THE UNITED STATES because we're doing it CHEAPER (and cleaner) than anything over there.
Take away the bazillions of dollars sent over there and they *would* suddenly be in that 7th century the radicals so long for...and after a taste of that...they'll be much more ameniable to change themselves from the inside when we not so politely tell them we don't do business with barbarians.
THAT'S my solution.