OPEC's surprise quota cut is a stab in the back of this country and the world economy. Suposedly the Kuwaiti's were a moving force. No doubt the Saudi's approved as well, since any decision they disagree with becomes moot when they start cheating. This leads to several questions: 1. Why in the world are we insisting that OPEC readmit Iraq? Shouldn't we insist that Iraq stay out of OPEC and produce for all its worth? 2. Are the Kuwaiti's the ungrateful pricks I always assumed they were, or is something else happening? What would it take to instigate a "democratic uprising" there? We effectively control the f*cking place anyway, why not just make it official? 3. Is this the Saudi's purile manner of letting us know they're weary of post-9/11 revelations about how they have supported terrorists? 4. Are the Bushies just total toadies for the Saudi's? I criticized Clinton for being a doormat for the Saudi's and Yemeni's in the wake of the Khobar Towers and USS Cole attacks. So how does Bush respond to an attack on our economy? Perhaps some indictments against Royal family members would focus their attention. Higher oil prices are a tax on the world economy. Entering an election year when the state of the economy is likely a make or break issue, the last thing the administration needs is for its tax cuts and wild spending to be offset by a bunch of assholes from OPEC. Showtime, Mr. President.