For years now I have been calling for a Manhattan Project to find new energy sources. Maybe we are getting close. From AP:
WASHINGTON – President Bush, pushing to take charge of the election-year agenda, said Tuesday that “America is addicted to oil” and must break its dependence on foreign suppliers in unstable parts of the world.
In his State of the Union address, Bush also renewed his commitment to the central pledge of his inaugural address. “Our nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal “” we seek the end of tyranny in our world,” he said. “The future security of America depends on it.”
The end of tyranny. Great. I suppose we’ll be launching an operation against the King of Swaziland soon. Then America will be safe.
For pete’s sake. Tyrants have always been with us, and always will be. America’s safety is not imperiled by the reign of tyrants in Cameroon or Myanmar. America’s safety is imperiled by Islamic jihad. Tyranny is simply beside the point. And with this loss of focus comes a lack of precision in his response, a lack of precision that ultimately imperils us all.
If only the opposition party weren’t even worse. It’s going to be a long, hard ride.