Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The two latest installments in the world's second-funniest web serial after Get Your War On, Scottie Mac Does the Chicken Dance, just went up and hoo boy, are there some howlers.

Check this choice quote, tossed out in the middle of Scottie bobbing and weaving to avoid saying anything at all about Chalabi:

Q How would you describe our relationship with Iran right now?

MR. McCLELLAN: Our relationship with Iran? Well, of course, our focus is on getting Iran to end its nuclear program, and there are steps that we are continuing to -- working with the international community that we are continuing to urge Iran to take to end its nuclear programs. There's no reason they need to have a nuclear program with all their vast oil and gas resources.

So it's the White House's official position that abundant non-renewable energy resources makes the pursuit of renewable resources useless...?

Of course, Scottie then completely undermines his own statement about ten seconds later:

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think your question probably relates to the issue of high gas prices, and what we will continue to do is urge Congress to act to pass a comprehensive national energy strategy, the one that the President outlined more than three years ago, and that will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

So: Iran doesn't need to pursue nuclear energy, even though their current sources (and main export) are finite, and even though the world's largest consumer of that export says they are actively trying to cut their dependence on it.

Translated version: Iran doesn't need to worry about the long term because we'll eventually bomb them back into the Stone Age anyway.

UPDATE: Yes, I understand that Iran's nuclear program is not about developing an alternate energy source for the country. But that's the pretext Scottie chose to run with, as opposed to simply saying "We don't trust 'em with nukes", so I'm stuck with it.

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