"He sees America?s military as guaranteeing security to such nations so that timid investors will feel safe about investing money." Except in Iraq, where the American military can't even guarantee it's own security. ----- Original Message ----- From: Lawrence Helm To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 9/11/2006 2:14:35 AM Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Barnett's Blueprint for Action Eric, No, I don?t recall his mentioning the depletion of oil reserves, but I?m not sure he sees that as a problem. If a Middle Eastern nation presently dependent upon income from oil moves into the functioning core then it will have other sources of revenue. He sees America?s military as guaranteeing security to such nations so that timid investors will feel safe about investing money. Once investment begins, economy grows probably under an autocratic regime and eventually (and this is in agreement with Fukuyama) a democracy is created. I?m guessing that Barnett might see the eventual oil depletion as just another opportunity for entrepreneur?s to generate new wealth -- by means of alternate fuel sources, vehicles, etc.