Obama, in a speech today, said the price of oil has gone up because of the Iraq war.
Amazing how the rallying cry used to be the war was for oil. If that were the case gas should be pretty cheap since we have access to all that oil. Guess its changed a bit now huh?
Senator Barack Obama on Thursday blamed the fragile economy on “careless and incompetent execution” of the Iraq war, imploring voters in this swing state to consider the trickle-down economic consequences of the war as they choose a successor to President Bush.
“When you’re spending over $50 to fill up your car because the price of oil is four times what it was before Iraq, you’re paying a price for this war,” Mr. Obama said to an audience at the University of Charleston. “When Iraq is costing each household about $100 a month, you’re paying a price for this war.”
“We spend $12 billion a month in Iraq, and that does affect the economy,” Mrs. Clinton said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve gone into more and more debt. We’ve got to begin not only to withdraw our troops, but bring that money back home. We need to put that money to work here in Indiana.”
A year ago in the opening phase of his candidacy, Mr. Obama tried to appeal to voters because of his opposition to the war. As the economy emerged as voters’ chief concern, Mr. Obama argued that the two were undeniably linked.
“The more than $10 billion we’re spending each month in Iraq is money we could be investing here at home,” Mr. Obama said. “Just think about what battles we could be fighting instead of fighting this misguided war.”
Of course the cost of the war is 1% of our GDP, something which is NOT going to cause the kind of strain on our economy he is talking about. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the welfare state the liberals have placed this country in. Will he soon fix that?
Oh, I forgot…he wants to add more entitlements.
I also find it curious that he doesn’t note that the Democrats have restricted refining to almost nil, have blocked any new oil drilling in anwar, and have added tax to the cost of gasoline out the yazoo…..but its the wars fault now.
But lets say he does pull out of Iraq and the inevitable happens…meaning al-Qaeda and/or Iran take over the reins, what does he think the cost of re-invading is going to be? Or do we just allow AQ to have a nation state in which to base attacks from?
This doesn’t count the cost of human lives lost once Iraq disintegrates of course. But in the lefts eyes Iraq will go back to lollipops and kite flying once we leave.