Friday, April 02, 2004

Bush flip-flops on OPEC 

From blah3.com:

That's the trouble with public pronouncements...

They never go away.

George W. Bush, February, 2000:

During the 2000 Presidential election campaign, Gov. George W. Bush promised to take on the OPEC cartel on behalf of American consumers. Bush said:

“I think the president ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say, ‘We expect you to open your spigots.’ … The president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price.” [Financial Times, 2/2/00]

On the campaign trail in 2000, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan cited rising gas prices as an example of “failed leadership.”

George W. Bush, March, 2004:

President Bush expressed disappointment on Wednesday at OPEC's oil output cut and pressed allies inside and outside the cartel to fill any gap in supply to prevent higher prices after Democratic rival John Kerry accused Bush of ignoring record pump prices.

While initially raising no public objections to OPEC's decision, the White House later voiced its displeasure and said Secretary of State Colin Powell, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and others were reaching out to "our friends" in OPEC and non-OPEC nations to address U.S. concerns.

He's disappointed? That's as tough as he can get with his friends the Saudis? That's 'taking on the OPEC cartel?' Kinda like yelling 'Stop! Or I'll yell stop again!,' if you ask me.

And take note that Condi and Colin are talking. Guess Bush just can't be bothered to jawbone, because he's too busy fundraising or something.


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