Monday, April 19, 2004

In yet another move that shows the close ties between the House of Saud and the House of Bush, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, "promised President Bush the Saudis would cut oil prices before November to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day". This information came from Bob Woodward, senior editor with the Washington Post.

Woodward, half of the famous Woodward and Bernstein team that broke the Watergate story to the Washington Post in the early 70's, is promoting his new book "Plan Of Attack" about the lead-up to the Iraq War. This book may be even more incendiary than Richard Clarke's book "Against All Enemies", which just about threw the whole 9/11 attack into Dubya's lap. Woodward's book more closely scrutinizes the details and motives leading to the overthrowing of Iraq. His reputation as one of the best pure reporters helps to add some credibility to his latest work, although I have no idea how he came about some of the secret phone calls and internal memos that are quoted in this book. Perhaps "Deep Throat" still lives in the halls of the White House.

Anyway, we can see how the Saudis are pumping up their little American puppet in the hopes that falling gas prices will somehow be accredited to Dubya, and not the Saudis' willingness to keep him in office and keep the 9/11 panel off their backs. While I would like to pay less at the pump as much as the next guy(remember, that is why I was pro-war in the first place), I don't know if I could pump with a clear conscience knowing that this kind of shit is going on in the background. Sure, I'll pump. I just might not like it.

This is the kind of thing that's happening with the current administration now. Bush is pulling every last string he can get his dirty little hands on in order to save his re-election. Two consecutive books have scorched his image as a leader caught unaware to an attack like 9/11, and he is attempting to buy his way out of slipping popularity polls. I'm not saying Kerry is that much better, but at least he doesn't have his hand down the pants of the enemy.

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