ADMINISTRATION BACKS OFF BUSH'S VOW TO REDUCE MIDEAST OIL IMPORTS
I told you Bush lied in his tightly scripted and ho hum SOTU address a few nights ago when he said the U.S. would wean itself from Middle East oil. Bush's own energy secretary said Bush didn't mean it literally. WHY? Because Saudi Arabia is hacked off by the speech? hmmmmmmm.....
Bush vowed to fund research into better batteries for hybrid vehicles and more production of the alternative fuel ethanol, setting a lofty goal of replacing "more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025."
He pledged to "move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past."
Not exactly, though, it turns out.
"This was purely an example," Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.
He said the broad goal was to displace foreign oil imports, from anywhere, with domestic alternatives. He acknowledged that oil is a freely traded commodity bought and sold globally by private firms. Consequently, it would be very difficult to reduce imports from any single region, especially the most oil-rich region on Earth.
LYING ABOUT REDUCTION IN MIDEAST OIL IMPORTS
WEAN US FROM MIDEAST OIL? WASHINGTON POST SAYS BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOP CONGRESS HAVE DONE MORE TO FEED OUR ADDICTION TO OIL THAN ANY OTHER PAST ADMINISTRATIONS AND CONGRESSES
It is not in the best interest of Bush personally for the U.S. to cut back on oil provided by the Middle East. He, his family and most of the GOP in Congress sleep with U.S. oil companies as well as with the royal family in Saudi Arabia. I mentioned in a previous post that one has to read House of Bush, House of Saud to understand the complexities of the twisted relationships that are driven by mutual greed and power. Or, if you don't have time to read, see Syriana a couple of times to get a handle on the harsh realities. LS
BUSH AND GOP HAVE DONE MORE TO FEED OUR ADDICTION TO OIL THAN ANY OTHER
BUSH'S BREZHNEV'S PERIOD
Ken sent this scathing piece written by Sidney Blumenthal of Salon.com
Rejecting criticism and mouthing meaningless bromides, Bush gave a speech so stagnant it would have made the Politburo proud.
The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, taken on the eve of Bush's speech, indicates unusually intense interest in the midterms, and such intensity at this early point suggests a large Democratic turnout. Bush's appeal that "our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger" was an effort to soften his polarizing image. Meanwhile, evoking Sept. 11, as always, he demarcated who was and was not truly patriotic and entitled to speak up. At the low ebb of his presidency in public approval, he carefully orchestrated his biggest speech of the year to impose homogeneity, conformity and the stifling of "second-guessing."
Bush's intent to stigmatize opposition was exemplified by the absurd removal from the visitor’s gallery of the harmless and undisruptive antiwar Gold Star Families for Peace founder, Cindy Sheehan, who had been given a ticket to the speech by a Democratic member of Congress. Her offense was wearing a T-shirt embossed with the number of U.S. military killed in Iraq: "2245 Dead. How many more?" She is not quite Santayana (or Brent Scowcroft), but any questioning of the price and burden of war is sufficient to merit ejection from the president's sight line.
"BUSH'S BREZHNEV'S PERIOD"
BACK TO THE ISSUE OF A FABRICATED WAR WITH IRAQ
The fabricated war question will emerge, disappear and then re-emerge. Truth is struggling to surface, but the MSM tacitly slams it back into a dark and unreachable hole. Were it not for the blogosphere, no one would even think about this.
THE MOTHER OF ALL DOWNING STREET MEMOS?
Ken sent this extraordinary piece by David Corn today about a major smoking gun regarding the DSM.
This is a great distillation of the new, utterly damning, Downing Street memo. -K
THE MOTHER OF ALL DOWNING STREET MEMOS
HELEN THOMAS ON BUSH AND ROVE
Another great find from Ken.
Rove's dirty tricks and spin won't work this time. Voters are on to his sewer scum type antics.
ROVE LEADS BUSH ON GOP CAMPAIGN TRAIL
EXCUSE FOR BUSH'S ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING DEBUNKED
FBI chief says wiretapping caught clues NOT Al-Quaeda.
Great piece found on Raw Story.com
ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING DID NOT CATCH AL-QUAEDA
2008 DEMOCRAT CONTENDER URGES PARTY TO SLEDGEHAMMER BUSH AND GOP ON STUNNING INCOMPETENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY
You go guy! I couldn't agree more. Found on Reuters via Buzz Flash.com LS
While Bush "dithered," Bayh said, North Korea built up its nuclear program, two-thirds of Russia's weapons-grade nuclear material remained inadequately stored and Iran moved closer to a nuclear bomb.
Iraq, meanwhile, is now a haven for foreign terrorists, faces a possible civil war and is more susceptible to Iranian influence than it was before the U.S. invasion in 2003, he said.
BAYH URGES DEMOCRATS TO SLEDGEHAMMER BUSH INCOMPETENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY
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