Tom Friedman's column in today's New York Times, "Mr. Bush, Lead or Leave," is a nice piece of trenchant criticism. Excerpt:
Two years ago, President Bush declared that America was “addicted to
oil,” and, by gosh, he was going to do something about it. Well, now he
has. Now we have the new Bush energy plan: “Get more addicted to oil.”
Actually, it’s more sophisticated than that: Get Saudi Arabia, our
chief oil pusher, to up our dosage for a little while and bring down
the oil price just enough so the renewable energy alternatives can’t
totally take off. Then try to strong arm Congress into lifting the ban
on drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
It’s as if our addict-in-chief is saying to us: “C’mon guys, you know
you want a little more of the good stuff. One more hit, baby. Just one
more toke on the ole oil pipe. I promise, next year, we’ll all go
straight. I’ll even put a wind turbine on my presidential library. But
for now, give me one more pop from that drill, please, baby. Just one
more transfusion of that sweet offshore crude.”
Have we ever had a more craven, rapacious, malignant person in the White House? I challenge you to name one.