Bush offers more half-finished energy thoughts

09/04/2006
An important tool of politics is the half-finished thought.US President George W. Bush deploys it masterfully when he discusses oil.Who can forget his state-of-the-union diagnosis that the US is addicted to oil?That was half a thought. If a nation can be said to be addicted to a commodity because it uses a lot of it, then the US also is addicted to wheat, corn, beef, various metals, and so forth.The president didn’t finish the thought because doing so would have crushed the political point he wanted to make.He repeated the ploy in his Aug. 21 press conference.Asked what political price he might be paying because of American impatience with elevated gasoline prices, Bush stammered hi...
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