Chavez fell foul of Bush doctrine
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
by Thomas Walkom
THERE ARE two George W. Bush doctrines. The second and best known has to do with terror. Those who harbour or support terrorists, or even those who are seen by Washington as not adequately opposing terrorism, are liable to U.S. attack. It is neatly summed in the U.S. president's pithy phrase: "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."
But there is a prior George W. doctrine, upon which the second is based. It is about energy and is reflected in actions which defined Bush's early presidency — his rejection of the Kyoto accord on global warming for fear that it might interfere with the hydrocarbon industry, his insistence on drilling for oil in an Alaskan wildlife preserve.
That first Bush doctrine could be summed up in the phrase: Those who do not supply us with the energy we want are against us. MORE