Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hint To The GOP: The Saudis Own Your Ass

The Bush administration wants to delete from history the fact that it was Saudi hi-jackers who slammed two planes into the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. The reason the Bush administration has tried to write its own fictional account of 9/11 is two-fold: 1) The Bush clan has been in bed with the Saud and bin Laden clans for over twenty years. This is an undisputed and verifiable fact. 2) The top three countries the US imports oil from are Canada (1,776,000 barrels a day), Mexico (1,658,000 barrels a day) and Saudi Arabia (1,267,000 barrels a day). On Tuesday when Bush said the US had to "move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past,” Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman nearly went into cardiac arrest. Mere hours later, Bodman said the Prez didn’t really mean what he’d said, it was “purely an example”. And then Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki al-Faisal, got in a snit. Prince Turki said that he would have to “seek an explanation” from the Prez. Turki said, "We still have to inquire from the president's office what he exactly meant by that,” adding that he wanted to know if the US planned on reducing its oil imports from Mexico, Canada and Venezuela as well. Venezuela is number five on the list of oil exporters to the US. We import 1,009,000 barrels of oil a day from Venezuela. But we import only 572,000 barrels of oil a day from Iraq. The geniuses in the White House felt it was better to start a war with Saddam than with the House of Saud. And gaining control of 572 thousand barrels of oil a day was not to be sneezed at in any case. However, the Bush administration can’t have it both ways. It can’t ass-kiss the folks who want to have done with our smarmy affair with Middle East oil, while at the same time bending over for the folks who brought us the WTC disaster. One or the other faction is going to get its nose out of joint. Which is exactly what has happened. Saudi Arabia is well and truly pissed. Diplomatically, the nonsense about ethanol, wood chips, stalks and switch grass replacing Middle East oil imports is a nightmare. And the advantage of suggesting we can rid ourselves of dependence on Middle East oil is tiny compared with the shitstorm the proposal is causing. However, the Bush administration is counting on its sycophantic and ignorant base nodding dutifully and saying Amen whenever Little Hitler talks out his ass, no matter how foolish his prattle may be. The fact is, Bush may speechify about replacing our energy sources by 2025, but neither he nor any person in the GOP gives a damn about 2025. The Bush administrations only is interested in strategizing for tomorrow or at best a month or two ahead. Bialystock and Bloom Productions in the White House plan to sell 125,000% of itself to easily duped investors. And “Springtime for Little Hitler” will no doubt be its biggest hit come April.

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