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August 25, 2006

Iran And The Price Of Oil

-- by Dave Johnson

The Republicans are pushing for war with Iran. They say Iran is an enemy, a threat, "evil," behind terrorism, etc.

This may be so. But if this is so, maybe the Republicans should give us some reason to think they believe this themselves before they ask us to believe them.

For example, Iran's income comes mostly from selling oil. As the price of oil rises, Iran has more income to use against us. So if the Republicans are serious when they say that Iran is a threat to the United States, shouldn't they be pursuing policies that result in lowering the price of oil, thereby reducing Iran's oil revenues?

What about raising the fuel economy requirements for cars? What about pushing energy conservation? What about funding serious alternative energy research? What about putting solar panels on all government buildings?

I could go on, but the point is that the Republicans are opposing all of these things. And this is just one more reason - along with the lack of a draft or taxes to pay for the war - to make me think they are not serious when they try to scare us about Iran and terrorism. In the propaganda age you have to learn to look only at what they do rather than what they say, and as far as I can see the terrorism/Iran/"Islamofascism" stuff is all talk, with little action on their part to back it up.

Posted by Dave Johnson at August 25, 2006 12:23 PM

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