The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Sunday, April 06, 2008

Oil "Starved" America still giving the Saudis a Pass

Here is a question: given that America is sitting on top of an ocean of unextracted oil, which our Democrat politicians refuse to let us drill under the guise of "saving the planet"; and given that America's regulatory environment is a calamity for anyone wanting to build refineries to actually process that oil, are these same Democrat politicians not complicit in our having to go to the root of all Islamist evil for most of our oil, thereby assisting providing billions of petrodollars to the very people who would most love to see us all dead? And are these same pols not also duplicitous in ensuring that oil prices are at an all time high, kept that way by our refusal to extract that oil that is naturally ours from the ground, and by their insistence that we impose more regulations on what is already a godawful mess (while meanwhile they cry "foul" and advocate taxing further the very oil companies that could liberate us from our foreign dependence)?

When I see stories like this one from Douglas Farah, it ushers in a whole new level of contemptuousness for the Copperhead hypocrites that are in charge of our Congress:

There is little willingness to tackle the Saudis anymore on the issue of cracking down on terror finance. Intelligence services here and in Europe know most of the money for the mujahadeed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere still come from wealthy donors in the Kingdom.

Only a handful of officials, however, dare to say so publicly anymore for fear of ruffling the feathers of those who keep our gas prices above $3 a gallon and will not allow a Bible, Torah or any other non-Muslim book into their country.

The exception has been Stuart Levey, the Treasury undersecretary for terror finance issues, who recently and publicly took on the Saudis in little-noted Congressional testimony. Fortunately, the LA Times did notice.

"Saudi Arabia today remains the location where more money is going to terrorism, to Sunni terror groups and to the Taliban than any other place in the world," Levey said under questioning.

U.S. officials have previously identified Saudi Arabia as a major source of funding for extremism. But Levey's comments were notable because, although reluctant to directly criticize a close U.S. ally, he acknowledged frustration with administration efforts to persuade the Saudis and others to act.

"We continue to face significant challenges as we move forward with these efforts, including fostering and maintaining the political will among other governments to take effective and consistent action," Levey said, later adding: "Our work is not nearly complete."

One of the more interesting parts of the story, however, is not just what Stuart said, but the Saudi recognition that he was right, and that, in essence, the Saudi government has repeatedly lied to the U.S. government over the steps the Kingdom has taken to crack down. My full blog is here.

The Democrats leading our Congress are destroying our economy and our sovereignty, preventing our President and our own businesses from capitalizing on our own rich natural resources, and are co-conspirators in providing aid and comfort to our enemies. Other than that, what's not to like?

When are we finally going to wake up to the fact that America and its taxpayers are being raped by our so-called "public servants" and by their desire to regulate, control, and tax us to death, only to spend that revenue on their pet pork projects? When is enough going to be enough?
DiscerningTexan, 4/06/2008 05:53:00 PM |