Friday, September 30, 2005

You're either with us or against us

One good threat deserves another, or so it seems in world politics these days. One theme of the Bush administration since 9/11 has been "you are either with us or against us" most recently emphasized with respect to India's recent vote condemning Iran's non-compliance with the IAEA's nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Less than a week later, Iran's new government has decided to cancel the five-million-tonne a year, 25 year, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deal with India proving that indeed, you are either with us or against us.

I'm going to make a bold prediction, IF the televised news media deigns to report on this development, some cute but vacuous minded talking head will likely mention "playing the oil card" with the same disdain (and almost total disassociation from the real world phenomenon described by the phrase) they recently mouthed the sound bite, "playing the blame game." THEN, at some point in the not too distant future, the same (actually the talking heads are all beginning to look the same to me) person will wonder aloud why oil prices are rising.

Time to stack some wood, I say.