Joe Conason has what is quite possibly the single dumbest "It’s all about OOOIILLLLL!" conspiracy tale ever, and that’s saying quite a lot.
Why is President Bush proposing an expedition to Mars? It’s all about OOOOIILLLLL!
Yes, the firm once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney — fabled beneficiary of no-bid multibillion-dollar military contracts and high-priced provider of Kuwaiti oil — is determined to drill on Mars and the moon. Surely this scheme has nothing to do with the Bush space initiative. But somehow, no matter what worthy motivations lie behind the president’s policies, he and Cheney always appear to be shilling for their corporate clientele. . . .
Dreams about drilling on Mars date back several years at least. In 1998, a handful of top firms, including Halliburton, Shell and Schlumberger, showed up for a NASA “workshop” at Los Alamos, N.M., to discuss the prospects. Research seems to have intensified since 2001, with Halliburton and other firms engaged in proprietary research on such advanced technologies as laser-powered drills.
I’m trying to figure out if Conason is being facetious or not. The fact that it’s hard to tell is in itself telling. I’d Fisk the article, but what’s the point? Besides, Instapundit’s already torn it to shreds.
This is what the left has been reduced to… and it isn’t pretty.