Huckabee: America addicted to oil

Consumers are financing both sides in the war on terror because of the actions of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Sunday.

The former Arkansas governor made the comments following what he suggested was a muted response by the Bush administration to a Saudi court’s sentence of six months in jail and 200 lashes for a woman who was gang raped.

“The United States has been far too involved in sort of looking the other way, not only at the atrocities of human rights and violation of women,” Huckabee said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

“Every time we put our credit card in the gas pump, we’re paying so that the Saudis get rich — filthy, obscenely rich, and that money then ends up going to funding madrassas,” schools “that train the terrorists,” said Huckabee. “America has allowed itself to become enslaved to Saudi oil. It’s absurd. It’s embarrassing.”

Huckabee said “I would make the United States energy independent within 10 years and tell the Saudis they can keep their oil just like they can keep their sand, that we won’t need either one of them.”

Responding to the gang rape case in Saudi Arabia, the State Department expressed astonishment about the sentence of the Saudi court against the rape victim.

The woman was convicted of being in the car of a man who was not a relative. The seven men convicted of raping her were given prison sentences of two years to nine years.

Under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, women are not allowed in public in the company of men other than relatives.

The woman has said the 2006 attack occurred as she tried to retrieve her picture from a male friend. While in the car with the friend, two men climbed into the vehicle and drove to a secluded area. She said she was raped by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The woman initially had been sentenced to 90 lashes after she was convicted of violating rigid laws on the segregation of the sexes. The Saudi court said the woman’s punishment was increased because of what the court said was her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that “when you look at the crime and the fact that now the victim is punished, I think that causes a fair degree of surprise and astonishment. But it is within the power of the Saudi government to take a look at the verdict and change it.”

Last Tuesday, the same day as McCormack’s comments, President Bush telephoned Saudi King Abdullah, trying to get Saudi Arabia to co-sponsor this week’s U.S.-organized conference aimed at working toward a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. On Friday, Abdullah agreed to send its foreign minister to the conference.


  1. WWWexler

    I finally saw one of the huckster’s Chuck Norris ads last night. The man is not playing with a full deck.

    It’s refreshing to hear someone from the GOP regurgitating a populist line, but I prefer Ron Paul’s version of it because at least it has some pragmatic connection to reality.

    But I’d shoot myself before voting for either of them.

  2. Steve Horn

    So we’re hooked on oil, well, there’s news for ya. Could it be due to the government building more and more highways rather than rail projects and public transportation infrastructure? Could it be because urban centers have made the tax rates so unreasonable that it’s more attractive to build in greenfield areas where you need to drive to the office?
    Yep – we’re wedded to our cars – perhaps if steps were taken to make working and living in areas with ready, reliable public transportation we could turn the tide on oil consumption – of course – the oil, construction and auto industrys wouldn’t be happy with that change, would they? And of course, if the industries aren’t happy, they won’t stuff politicians pockets with cash, will they?

  3. JerryG

    Well duh, Huck!!! Don’t tell me you just freakin’ figured this out???

    America can’t possibly be so stupid as to consider this hick from Arkansas! After all, we had one of those for President about 7 years ago! I say we pass a Constitutional Amendment that basically says only 1 hick Prez every 100 years! (That means you too, Hillary!)

  4. Carl Nemo

    Mike “Huckleberry” Huckabee is a another bought-off, Arky- phony to the core. He’s nothing but an easy lay for the NWO/PNAC/AIPAC globalist cabal, as “Billary”, as G.W. Bush, as Bill, and as H.W. Bush…!

    This guy is a prime example of the “village idiot” that hopefully will have made it good;ie., hopefully not!

    Nope, we don’t need anymore pols from Arkansas making it to the presidency of the US.

    Very nice, spot-on commentary JerryG…to the 100th power!!!

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. jyakubow

    Carl, just what do you mean “we don’t need anymore pols from Arkansas making it to the presidency of the US”? Is that supposed to be some kind of stupid polish joke? What happened to thoughtful, intelligent commentary? You guys sound like a bunch of redneck hicks.

  6. Carl Nemo

    Hi jyakubow…

    My apologies to upset you if you are Polish, but the term “pol” is short for politician and not the demeaning term for a person of Polish lineage;ie., “polak”. I’ve never met a so-called dumb Polish person in my life! All, have been remarkably talented, and very bright regardless of the discipline in which they are engaged from bricklayer to mathematician and everything between!

    My criticism of Mike Huckabee still stands though. He’s as phony as a blue, three dollar bill and if elected, “we the people” will realize in short order they’ve elected Bushco in spades!

    Carl Nemo **==

  7. jyakubow


    Sorry for the misunderstanding; I guess I shouldn’t be so sensitive. Oh, and sorry for the redneck comment too; that was uncalled for. By the way I have to agree, Huckabee is a phony, but aren’t they all?