05 May 2008

Gaffemeister McCain Strikes Again

First it was the 100 years in Iraq gaffe, then it was Al-Qaeda in Iran, and now McCain accidentally suggested that the military presence in the Middle East was all about "teh oil!" (note: Greenspan said this last year as well). The presidential candidate later clarified his remarks. From AP:

"If the word `again' was misconstrued, I want us to remove our dependency on foreign oil for national security reasons, and that's all I mean," McCain said.

Not a bad suggestion, since our Navy has been patrolling the Middle East's shipping lanes for decades to make sure that sweet, sweet oil kept a-flowin'. This in turn creates an artificially lower operating cost for the corporations that sell oil, since the taxpayers are footin' the bill for the Navy. But oil is used in damn near everything, including that plastic keyboard you are sitting at you horrible war-profiteering reader! All part of the complex web we inhabit in our modern society. Let the good times roll.
McCain drops the smug (from AP)