Were I to have taken the oath of office as the new Leader of the Free World on January 20, 2013, I hopefully would have previously scheduled a joint appearance and announcement in the East Room of the White House, in the hours shortly following my inauguration, by myself and two of my invited guests, King Abdullah of Jordan and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
This announcement would have been preceeded in the few short weeks between Election 2012 and Inauguration 2013 by some rather intense planning and preparation involving my incoming administration officials and Department Heads and representatives of the Saudi and Jordanian governments.Â All that would have been preceeded by some very intense planning and preparation involving my aides and selected current andÂ Â incoming members of Congress in the few short weeks between when it became clear I was going to become the next President of the United States and the voting ritual the first week in November 2012.
All that would have been preceeded by The Proposal, which would have been made sometime between early and late Spring of 2012 and which, while not having been made publicly, would, I believe, have been one of the instruments used to help me assume the mantle of leadership.Â Â In other words, while not done in public, word would have ‘gotten around’, as they say, and forces would have coalesced behind my candidacy.Â The Proposal, which I would have made to King Abdullah of Arabia while accompanied byÂ my new friend King Abdullah of Jordan, goes something like this, condensed here for space:
“Your Majesty, I come here today to inform you that I intend to save my country.Â I haveÂ the will and will soon haveÂ the means to do so, and I will.Â You are well aware that my country has vast resources, including natural resources and especially including oil.Â I intend to unleash those resources.Â You will see beginning immediately after I take office a vast expansion of oil exploration and retrieval both onshore and off in the United States, accompanied by the construction ofÂ new and expanded refining capabilities.Â This will be done by private industry but it will be done with the blessing and the cooperation of my government.
This is being done not to punish Saudi Arabia, or Jordan, or any Gulf or Mideast state.Â It is being done because I love my country and I intend to save it, and I will.Â Whatever market forces come to bear in the import/export arena will come, but my country will have energy, and lots of Â it.Â There are other measures that I will take of a security nature, someÂ in relation to my offer to you today and others you will observe in due course.
I know that you also, your Majesty, want to save your country.Â But, unlike me, you do not have the means, by yourself, to do so.Â His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan is in a similar situation.Â While both of you have considerable wealth and resources of your own, they are not enough to save you in the context of the current state of Mideast, African and Asian affairs.Â The forces gathering and threatening in the region are too intense, too broadly conscripted and too encouraged by peripheral states for you to deal with by yourselves.
And so I propose to you an offer of assistance from my government and my country, once I take office, Â in the form of a new alliance, a regional security alliance, between your two governments and my government, initially, for the purpose of returning stability to the region, first at your borders and on your doorsteps and then, methodically and cooperatively, spreading that stability.Â As conditions warrant, new partners may be added as we agree.Â And as we proceed, I shall make it absolutely clear that our arrangement has absolutely nothing to do with commerce, except to provide an atmosphere for it to take place.Â Anyone claiming the US is doing it “for the oil” will be made the fool in short order because it will quickly become apparent, as I said, that we intend to provide for ourselves using mainly our own resources first.Â I say to you today that our proposal is for security and stability, both ours and yours in our shrinking and interconnected modern world, and also in regard for the friendship and cooperation among our countries we have previously enjoyed.
In offering you our full and unmitigated support in maintaining your safety, security and respect among nations, we request only that you actively and demonstrablyÂ work toward these goals :
1. First, beginning immediately with our announcementÂ , you startÂ withdrawing allÂ structures and systems you maintain with the entityÂ you call the Arab League and instead make clear that the new regional security regime we propose here today be phased in as the vehicle for cooperation among peaceful Mideast nations, and that new members, whether from the region or from Europe, or Asia or the Americas, as Friends of the Region,Â will be added by merit and earnestness.
2. Second, we ask that you begin as soon as practical within your abilityÂ the creation of a new entity to replace the one now known as OPEC, to include members only devoted to the wise and conservative conduct of associated trade in petroleum and not hegemony or dominanceÂ in their regions or elsewhere in the world.
3. Third, we would stipulate that the charter members and any new member of the alliance pledge to immediately initiate, by fiat orÂ law, Â whatever reforms necessary to insure that persons, whether citizens or non-citizens of the respective countries, not be harassed, persecuted, jailed or fined or otherwise penalized for engaging in prayerful observance of whatever faith they may adhere to, in public or in private, except in those few and limited spaces reserved for the traditionally predominant religions of their countries, the so-called ‘holiest of holy’ places.
4. Fourth, and finally, we deem it strategically, operationally and motivationally critical that the first new member of our alliance to be invited to our just and noble cause, to be so invited at the behest of both your Majesties and at the earliest moment, should be the State of Israel.Â At that time, the matter of the Palestinian State will be taken up, and it will be decided, with participation by PalestinianÂ representatives by invitation.
For our part, I pledge my government to immediately, upon ratification of this agreement, to begin those measures we jointly devise to insure the security of all your countries’ Â territories, facilities and institutions and to craft with youÂ the diplomatic programs and initiatives to broaden, strengthen and improve our regional security umbrella.Â And to insure recognition of our good faith and limited purpose, we insist that the United States’Â participation be scheduled within the charter of this new organization to end at either a specified time or upon realization of certain goals, as agreed to.”
That would have been my proposal.Â And that would have been preceeded by the establishment of a warm and personal relationship with the Prime Minister of Israel, consisting of many communications and discussions and exchange of ideas , beginning probably in the summer of 2011 and extending through the remainder of the year and into the next.Â That relationship quite possibly could have begun over dinner, perhaps at the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem.
Would the proposal have been accepted?Â Who knows?Â Â Would it have been seriously considered? Â I would have made every attempt to ascertain the likelihood of that before I made it, but I would have made itÂ in any event.Â And regardless, every intent and utilization of resources I described to the Kings, I would have carried out had I been elected.Â One thing for sure, we can’t go on likeÂ this.