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Revolutionary Caution

Recorded on March 8, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

The violence in Libya has America's attention for multiple reasons. It exposes our disastrous energy policy. Restricting domestic drilling makes us rely on foreign oil as gasoline prices skyrocket. Libya appeals to our wish to see democracy emerge in oppressed nations. But we're reminded that radical jihadists see revolution as a way to create a theocracy instead.

We revere the American Revolution, so we forget that some uprisings turn out terribly. The French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and Iran's ouster of the shah that replaced him with Muslim clerics.

It's not easy to decide where America's best interests lie. Getting involved with a simple sounding no-fly zone is not a no-brainer.

We need caution in our foreign policy—but let's be bold freeing the domestic drilling that has been suppressed for too long.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.