An article about members of the Missouri National Guard leaving for a mission in Egypt  observed that it might be dangerous for them: “Extremists also have attacked a gas pipeline in the area that transports natural gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan.” Americans have applauded the democratic movement of the Arab Spring, but we don’t know how much of the outcome will be chaotic. We’re forever trying to keep the lid on the MIddle East. Because. Of. Oil.

Operation Free, an organization of veterans, emphasizes that point day after day all over the U.S., namely that we need to convert to clean energy. For lots of reasons. But one of them is that we put our troops in harm’s way unnecessarily because of our addiction to black gold. Lt. General John G. Castellaw, USMC (retired) spoke in St. Louis at an Operation Free event.