We're gonna go ahead and report this story, even though we run the risk of the GOP suing us for "taking McCain's quotes out of context." </snark> At a town hall meeting today, Senator McCain made a stunning admission when he announced that his energy policy would aim to reduce our dependence on Middle East oil, which would in turn ensure that we never have to fight another war there again.
"My friends, I will have an energy policy which will eliminate our dependence on oil from Middle East that will then prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."
Think about how amazing this is. McCain is essentially saying that our quest to "spread democracy" throughout the Middle East is a sham. It has nothing to do with freeing oppressed people, or protecting Israel, or defending ourselves against future attacks. It's about gaining control of foreign oil. Stunning. Will this get any significant media play?
Tweety gets this exactly right:
"You know, if somebody else were to say that, they would be accused of being a communist, or radical, or a leftist...for John McCain, a war hero, to say that we're fighting in the Middle East to protect our oil sources is an astounding development."