Why support oil drilling off the coast of Brazil but not in America?Obama believes that the West uses a disproportionate share of theworld's energy resources, so he wants neocolonial America to have lessand the former colonized countries to have more.
What's D'Souza referring to? In April 2009 the Export-Import Bank of the United States gave preliminary approval for a $2 billion loan to Petrobras, Brazil's state oil company. If April 2009 sounds like too early for Obama to have packed the Export-Import Bank with his Kenyan anti-colonial appointees, it was: At the time, the board consisted of five George W. Bush appointees. They approved it, according to sources collected by Snopes, for the reason the Export-Import Bank usually approves things -- to "encourage purchases of U.S. goods from Petrobras." And the $2 billion wasn't even taxpayer money, but private investment.
So where did this idea that Obama was funding oil exploration in Brazil come from? First, predictably, it came from Glenn Beck. In August, during the debate over the offshore drilling moratorium, it came from a sloppy editorial in the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a "preliminarycommitment" letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and hasdiscussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-ImBank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form ofa direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreignaid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seemsdesperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations inthe Americas.
I'll reiterate that this "corporate foreign aid" did not actually consist of taxpayer dollars. So D'Souza's point about Brazil is bogus -- it wasn't Obama appointees who approved the deal, and the Bush appointees who did intended to increase U.S. exports to Brazil.
I've read much of D'Souza's upcoming book, from which this article was adapted, and this is not the only lazy error. It's a revealing one, however, demonstrating just how eager he is to find "aha!" moments of Obama's alleged "anti-colonial" politics. He's so eager that he doesn't have time to check the facts.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.