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Huckabee: Off Saudi oil and energy independent in 10 years

Republican candidate Mike Huckabee was on CNN's Late Edition today. He condemned the Saudi court case that sentenced a gang-rape victim to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison (she was out in public with a man who wasn't a relative). He also got a few cracks in on Saudi-bred terrorism and our dependence on their oil:

Every time we put our credit card in the gas pump, we're paying so that the Saudis get rich - filthy, obscenely rich, and that money then ends up going to funding madrassas. ... America has allowed itself to become enslaved to Saudi oil. It's absurd. It's embarrassing. ... I would make the United States energy independent within 10 years and tell the Saudis they can keep their oil just like they can keep their sand, that we won't need either one of them.

We get about 14% of our oil from the Saudis.



Huckabee is absolutely right about this, which is one more reason why he has no chance of becoming President. I don't think that this is the message Republican voters want to hear. They want to hear that America will use whatever force is necessary to take oil, which they believe they have a Christright to, from the Arab world. Anything else might interrupt their blessed energy-consuming lifestyles.

Can you imagine anybody in the Bush Administration saying this?

Brazil figured out how to become energy independent. (Brazil!!!) We're playing catch-up to Brazil - one more success story that we can attribute to Bush...

I agree. Energy independence is a national security issue. We should have been weaning off oil decades ago. If a plane load of Saudis smashing into the Twin Towers doesn't shake us from oil, what will?

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