However, due to a poor showing in the first Obama-Romney debate, Romney has surged ahead in some national presidential polls. Charles Krauthammer, in the Washington Post, described Obama as looking small and uncertain, while Romney looked calm and presidential. Many commentators believe one more poor performance by President Obama in one of the last two debates, and Romney will win by a substantial margin. President Obama must articulate a case for why he should be re-elected. Since he can not stand on his record, he must demonize Governor Romney. However, if he becomes too aggressive and desperate, like vice-president Joe Biden, he will loose his likeability factor, which is his only redeeming quality.
A Romney victory would insure a close relationship between the U.S. and Israel. VP Joe Bidden, in the debate with Paul Ryan, rejected Benjamin Netanyahu’s red line of Iran’s uranium enrichment threshold, and stated the Obama policy is to wait until a detonation device was constructed. Netanyahu maintains western intelligence is not capable of monitoring the construction of a detonation device, which could be constructed in the basement of a house somewhere in Iran. The red line must be the accumulation of enough enriched uranium to build a bomb.
It has been reported that Mitt Romney would back unilateral military action by Israel against Iran’s nuclear sites. Dan Senor, Romney’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for early elections in Israel, instead of as scheduled in October 2013. The balloting could be as early as January 15, but many speculate it will be set for mid-February, which would make Mr. Netanyahu the first Israeli government in more than two decades to complete a four-year term. The Prime Minister’s Likud Party is in a strong position, and many believe Netanyahu will be able to consolidate his political power. If Mitt Romney is inaugurated in January, 2013, as the President of the United States, Romney and Netanyahu will establish a close alliance.
The slowing world economy has put downward pressure on crude oil prices. Oil production is rising in the face of slowing demand. However, quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve has been bullish for oil, by lowering the value of oil priced in dollars. Flow of funds into oil speculation has desensitized the price of oil to the fundamentals of supply and demand. Some commodities experts believe two-thirds of the price of oil is based upon geo-political and easy credit conditions, and one-third on fundamentals. Some see stagflation ahead with rising commodity prices and slowing economic growth.
Newfield Exploration is an example of a company which has done well in transitioning from natural gas production to black oil exploration, with horizontal drilling, in a slow economy. Disclaimer:
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