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Gibson advises Bush what to say to the Saudis

Reported by Chrish - February 2, 2006

John Gibson used his My Word segment on The Big Story today 2/2/06 to have an imaginary conversation with Saudi royalty, advising Bush what to say regarding the State of the Union statement that America needs to develop independence from Middle East oil. Never mind that less than twenty-four hours later Bush's Energy honcho, Samuel Bodman, was back-pedaling from the numbers that made it into the address despite thirty re-writes (shades of Nigerian yellowcake).

Gibson read:

Guess who's upset about (Bush's) declaration that we are addicted to oil and that we have to reduce or eliminate our dependence on Mideast oil? The Saudis, of all people. Can you imagine? The Saudis know how Americans think and work as well or better than any Arab or Muslim nation. The Saudis are still a little red-faced that it is a Saudi — bin Laden — who leads the global jihad against America, and that it was Saudi young men who were the majority in the 9/11 attacks.

The Saudis know better than anybody that it's America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil — from Saudi Arabia, from the Gulf, from Iran, from Iraq — it's that dependence that forces our hand to act in the Middle East. And yet when an American president recognizes that reality publicly the Saudis say, "What? You are planning to not buy from us anymore? You are planning to cut us off from the billions of dollars you now send us every year for our oil?"

The Saudis are seeing racehorses disappear, palaces disappear, private 747s disappear, servants for everything disappear, the pampered life of the oil rich itself will disappear. And they are saying: "Wait, we want access to the American consumer with all his and her money. Don't cut us off. Yes we hate you. Yes we hate your decadence. Yes we hate the western lifestyle you live, though we cavort in it ourselves every once in a while. Yes we produce young men and women who hate you so much the promise of six-dozen virgins will send them hurtling toward your shores or your soldiers with fuses burning from their shoes or their vest bombs. Yes we are Saudis and we do all that. But we want your money."

"We can't grow anything in our desert. All we can do is stick a straw under the sand and suck out oil. And now you say you want to run your cars on corn that you grow in your own country? How can you turn on us like this?"

The Saudis now want an emergency meeting with (Bush). Here's what they will say: "Please, don't force us to go to China and India. Don't force us to hang out in Beijing and New Delhi instead of New York and London. How could you do that to us?"

Bush has to say: "Look, you have to get off the gravy train eventually because it's hurting us so much. Yes we have bought your oil for half-a-century, but now it's a problem. We can't ask Americans to face your terrorists just because we buy your oil. We're going to have to try it another way."

That's what Bush should say when the Saudis come to see him.

Comment: I thought we were in the Middle East to spread freedom (18 times in the SOTU) and democracy and to defeat terrorism? You mean all the protesters are right and we're spilling blood (2,247) for OIL? Don't tell boss Rupert Murdoch, whose Australian editorialized in 2004 that

"The key argument of the Left about the invasion of Iraq - it was “all about oil” – is essentially a conspiracy theory, tied up with the oil links of the Bush family along with those of Vice-President Dick Cheney. This argument has never had any purchase on the facts."

(Note that at the time of that editorial, 20 months ago, the price of oil had "crashed through" $40bbl USD. Today it "slipped" to $67.65bbl. )

I'm sure Gibson's words will go unheeded - the Bush family's ties to Saudi Arabian oil, royalty, and power are far too deep to sever.

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