Friday, January 12, 2007

Tap Dancing With Tony

Here's a fun question from one of Tony the Snow job's press briefings this past week.
Q Tony, we haven't talked about Jack Abramoff in a long time, and there's a new photo showing him with the President.

MR. SNOW: The President said he didn't know Abramoff, wasn't buds, and my guess is there are plenty of photos around town with Jack Abramoff and Democrats and Republicans.

Q What about the change in interpreting entrance records to the White House as being the property of the White House and not of the Secret Service?

MR. SNOW: That is a fairly abstruse issue, and I will see if I can get you guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel. I don't want to tap dance around that. I'll try and get you a straight answer.

Thank you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some tortured logic (on the link)

TONY SNOW: ''If you have an Iraq, with the world's second largest oil reserves, capable of generating incredible amounts of revenue that terrorists can use both to blackmail the West and also to purchase weapons that can be used against anybody else, that creates a situation that's a direct threat to us.''

Oil is a fungible commodity.

If 'terrorists' sell oil anywhere in the world to 'generate incredible amounts of revenue,' that means there's more oil from other suppliers available for the USA to buy.

If 'terrorists' use 'incredible amounts of' money to 'blackmail the West.' How would that work? People with 'incredible amounts of' money are blackmailed. Tony has it backwards.

If 'terrorists' buy a lot of weapons, a) Who are they going to buy them from? hint, hint, and b) Who are they going to use them on? not their customers. Logic says that if terrorists successfully wipe out demand anywhere in the world, lower demand will drive down the price of oil and make the terrorists poorer.

Tony is proposing that rich terrorists will not know their own best interest. How many rich do you know who are so confused?

Tony seems to have bought Osama's argument that the West is stealing Middle-East oil by purchasing it. Without considering how much worse off the Middle East would be if we didn't buy their oil.