Tuesday, January 23, 2007

SOTU Prediction

$10 says that Bush starts trying to insinuate the idea of "What's so bad about going to war for oil?" in his speech tonight, not so much because he thinks it'll have any effect in whatever debate occurs over escalation in Iraq*, as because of the need by his corporate sponsors to move the discourse in this direction, in the same way that they've been trying to normalize policies that previous administrations have tried to frame as nonexistent (torture) or unavoidable evils (aggressive war).

* Although I'm sure they know it'll feed the "realist" element of "the base" -- cf. Ann Coulter, "Why not go to war just for oil? We need oil. What do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to them?"


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