With geoengineering being floated as an alternative to conscripting the world into the Party Of Carbon Taxation, how apposite of George Will to note :
It is a pity that TR built the Panama Canal. If he had not, "national greatness" and "heroic" conservatives could invest their overflowing energies and vaulting ambitions into building it, and other conservatives -- call them mere realists -- could continue seeking limited government, grounded in cognizance of government's limited competences.
Heroic Neocon Geostrategists may wish to dust off the modest Victorian proposal to outflank Suez by digging North from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea and on to Galilee.
A turn thence to Tyre would transform the Jordan's West Bank into a new Levantine Eastern Shore, and with enough shovels, cutting down from the headwaters of the Euphrates to the armpit of Anatolia could do away with Mesopotamia entirely.