Even if our leader won't lead the charge for energy independence, smart folks in the military see the handwriting on the wall and are moving forward:
"Energy is a national security issue," said Michael A. Aimone, the Air Force assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics.
The United States is unlikely ever to become fully independent of foreign oil, Mr. Aimone said, but the intent of the Air Force project is "to develop enough independence to have assured domestic supplies for aviation purposes."
And that's the point -- as long as we're on the path to energy independence we'll build our own technology base and reduce our dependence on middle east oil: a win-win for our economy.
The only catch: it isn't a "win" if your cronies are TX oil men… and your stated position (via Ari Fleischer) is "That's a big no. The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life. The American way of life is a blessed one. And we have a bounty of resources in this country…"
And hence the disaster in foreign policy we now see.