2 May 2008

The latest McCain brainstorm

In the wake of his lower-taxes-to-encourage-more-fuel-consumption brainstorm, McCain has sought to connect his domestic brainstorms with his international "expertise":

"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said.

Wow! So we're going to stimulate oil consumption (this, after all, is what we've seen of McCain's energy policy thus far) so that more young patriots and ex-cons don't have to die in future wars?

Maybe I missed something here . . .

The expected GOP nominee sought to clarify his comments later, after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn't mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil. "No, no, I was talking about that we had fought the Gulf War for several reasons," McCain told reporters.

So many war and so many religious divisions (Shia and Sunni) to keep track of. (And I must confess, that I've also lost track of all of Bush's "reasons" for the war.)

One reason was Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, he said. "But also we didn't want him to have control over the oil, and that part of the world is critical to us because of our dependency on foreign oil, and it's more important than any other part of the world," he said. "If the word `again' was misconstrued, I want us to remove our dependency on foreign oil for national security reasons, and that's all I mean," McCain said.

I am again at a loss to figure out what in the hell McCain is talking about. Even the rather cynical point about fighting over gasoline doesn't make much sense to me. Are the U.S. companies that get access to it going to charge us a cheaper price? (So far, we've spent billions on sending oil to Iraq!) Will we all eventually get a permanent 10% discount at the gas station for going along with the pre-emptive war for oil? Are we really supposed to believe that this war isn't about oil but the previous one was? And this is the guy the Republicans have chosen as the great visionary--the "straight-talker" who is going to lead us into a new era of blooming deserts and a fully-filled SUV in every garage? Me thinks not.

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