Whenever I read a news story about our current president changing his position (and it's so often your head spins), I'm always struck by the completely unprincipled positions he takes. He's going to do what he decides to do, on who knows what basis, to be honest, and then makes something up to justify it.
Just to document the latest atrocity, here's Bush on "deferring deposits" to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve today:
Bush said the nation's strategic petroleum reserve had enough fuel to guard against any major supply disruption over the next few months.
"So, by deferring deposits until the fall, we'll leave a little more oil on the market. Every little bit helps," he said.
Here's Bush in 2000, (behind the Times Select wall) critizing Clinton/Gore for using the SPR for "short-term political gain" - as opposed to just using it until the critical fall 2006 election to desperately clutch to power to avoid the beginning of the cascade of investigations, indictments, convictions, impeachments, and in all likelihood in either case, pardons. Here's a link to evote on the same topic in 2000. You'll note that Bush notable calls the behavior he's now engaging in as "bad public policy" and a risk to national security.
I think the Bush admininstration will be remembered as the Froggy Presidency. Who's Froggy? A character in a set of children's books whose movement is frequently onomotopeized (hmm - never used that as a verb - expressed using onomotopeia) as "Flop, flop, flop."
Bush, similarly, moves politically with Flip, Flip, and with every boneheaded policy he's ever implemented and ultimately his presidency, Flop.