Here we have the humiliating spectacle of a president of the United States begging an Arab potentate to increase our supply of oil while Democrats, who bear the major responsibility for the problem, scoff at him as a mendicant groveling at the feet of a foreign monarch.
As humiliating as it is for the United States to be put in a position where our economy is held hostage to foreign oil producers who can make or break our nation simply by limiting their petroleum production, thus causing the price of oil to skyrocket, it is even more shameful that we have allowed the so-called environmental movement to escape the blame for our predicament.
Make no mistake about it, you are paying exorbitant prices at the gas pump solely because the environmental terrorists and their Democrat allies in Congress have all but shut down our domestic oil production while refusing to allow the exploration and creation of new sources of this resource so vital to our economic health.
While President Bush was left with few if any alternatives to seeking help from the Saudis thanks to our inability to exploit our own untapped oil supply, it is disturbing that instead of demanding that Saudi Arabia act on our behalf by beefing up oil production, we asked them politely to do what they should do without being asked. They owe us at least that.
When my dad, Ronald Reagan, was in Berlin he did not mince words when addressing Chairman Gorbachev about what he should do about the Berlin Wall. He didn’t ask, “Mr. Gorbachev, would you please be a good fellow and tear down this wall?” He demanded: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
Instead of politely saying to the Saudi king, “If possible, your majesty, consider what high prices [of oil] are doing to one of your largest customers,” as he said he would when he met with the king, the president should have bluntly informed the king: “Hike up production, or from now on you are on your own and at the mercy of al Qaeda.”
George Bush should have stood on his bully pulpit and pointed his finger at Capitol Hill and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and said, “How dare you not give the nation an energy policy? Because you won’t give us an energy policy I have been forced to go the Saudi Arabia, get down on my knees and beg them to give us what you refuse to give us – an adequate supply of reasonably priced oil.”
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