Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Raleigh's resident horse's ass.

There's a local columnist named Rick Martinez who is associated with the conservative American Enterprise Institute and news director of the local radio station that hosts Rush, Hannity and other political commentators who present the entire spectrum of political thought from right to far right.

This morning he proved that he's either dishonest or stupid. I'll let you decide which. He wrote:

"Barack Obama employed another myth that drives Bryce and me nuts -- that U.S. dependence on foreign oil finances terrorism. Baloney. As Bryce put it during an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute, al-Qaida, Hamas, the Taliban and every other Terrorist-R-Us group won't go broke and out of business if we stop importing oil."

It's easy to spot the glowing turd of Martinez's logic. Saying that oil revenues finance terrorism is a no-brainer, right? Even Dick Cheney would agree to that. But saying that drying up oil revenues would eliminate terrorism is an entirely different argument, and one that Obama didn't make. This is what Obama actually did say in Michigan the other day:

"Oil money pays for the bombs going off from Baghdad to Beirut, and the bombast of dictators from Caracas to Tehran. Our nation will not be secure unless we take that leverage away..."

So, is Martinez stupid or dishonest? I could make a cheap joke and say he's both, but I won't. I don't think Martinez is stupid.

But I suspect he thinks we are.

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