Thursday, October 07, 2004

 
Tom Friedman is close but not quite there. He has begun the painful but necessary process of distancing himself from his insanely chosen heroes, Presiden Bush and Vice President Cheney, but he hasn't gone far enough. He is beginning to realize that they are incompetent, but he has not made that essential leap to understand that they are actually evil.

Friedman writes, "Of all the shortsighted policies of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, none have been worse than their opposition to energy conservation and a gasoline tax. If we had imposed a new gasoline tax after 9/11, demand would have been dampened and gas today would probably still be $2 a gallon. But instead of the extra dollar going to Saudi Arabia - where it ends up with mullahs who build madrasas that preach intolerance - that dollar would have gone to our own Treasury to pay down our own deficit and finance our own schools. In fact, the Bush energy policy should be called No Mullah Left Behind."
All true. But not entirely getting this very important point: Bush doesn't care. His energy policy is not really about energy any more than his foreign policy is really about US security and interests abroad. It is about power, and I do not mean ergs. I mean political power - rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies. George W. Bush has been president for almost 4 years now and in all that time he has not come close to proposing an energy policy that makes any kind of sense - unless you are a CEO of a company in the extraction industries, in which case it makes all kinds of sense. It's all about ANWR and ending new source review and shifting costs from producers to consumers, all in return for lots of campaign contributions.

For Friedman to expect - hope, really - that it ever was about anything else is strikingly naive.

Friedman concludes, "We have the power right now to stimulate similar trends across the Arab world. It's the best way to fight a global war on terrorism. If only we had a president and vice president tough enough to fight this war."
Well, yes. And if Al Gore had won in 2000, we would have. But he didn't (thank you very much, Supreme Court), so we don't.

Tom Friedman is an extremely bright man, utterly committed to his vision of a future Earth of progress and prosperity. Unfortunately, that Earth is not this Earth. This Earth is currently (mis) ruled by an incompetent, evil man named George W. Bush. Who will never do the right thing, even by accident. You've been burned on Iraq, Tom. Isn't it time to wake up and smell the exhaust coming from the lame horse you mistakenly chose to bet on? That ain't perfume.

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