Conflict of interest – what?

The policy of letting our dictators ride out their various Arab uprisings is looking a bit iffy. It’s pretty tough, when you’ve been paying the bosses who shoot the commoners for fifty years, to hope the commoners are going to elect one of your good friends if they build themselves a democracy. So we want to be sort of careful about that ‘liberty’ and ‘human rights’ talk. But gosh, maybe they will build themselves some democracies and then, well, we still want to buy the oil, don’t we?

It’s a good thing embarrassment doesn’t pose any national vulnerabilities; just “whoops, sorry!” and I’m sure everything will proceed profitably enough. But it doesn’t give me anything I feel particularly proud of.

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