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Obama Blames “Loose Talk of War” With Iran for High Gas Prices

President Obama has a special request. If you must talk publicly about the possibility of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear program, please do it in a whisper so as to not agitate the oil traders.

“The biggest driver of these high gas prices is speculation about possible war in the Middle East, which is why we’ve been trying to reduce some of the loose talk about war there,” Obama told WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida.

In a speech last week, Obama criticized what he called “loose talk of war” by some pundits and politicians concerning Iran, which the United States and other Western nations accuse of pursuing nuclear weapons.

Obama doesn’t specify who this “loose talk about war” is coming from, but it sounds like he’s pointing the finger at Israel. He explicitly says his administration has “been trying to reduce some of the loose talk” of war. And as we know, the White House has been working to persuade Israel to hold off on a possible strike. So who else could Obama be referring to in that context but the Israeli government?

Alternatively, Obama could also be trying to shift the blame for high gas prices to the Republican candidates. This is also the second time in a week Obama has lashed out at “loose talk” on Iran, and the first time he specifically singled out the GOP candidates. Mitt Romney seems to have interpreted Obama’s latest comments as a direct swipe and blasted the president on the campaign trail yesterday (via Politico):

“But instead [Obama] came up with this [excuse for high gas prices]: He said it’s because Republican presidential candidates are talking in a very muscular way about Iran and their nuclear program. Now that’s a pretty tough one to follow, and frankly, it’s disappointing to have the president of the United States take a serious foreign policy issue, which is Iran, the state sponsor of terror in the world becoming nuclear, and trying to turn that into, saying we’re somehow responsible for high gasoline prices in this country. It is a, it’s a real stretch, even for a guy who’s gotten pretty good at making excuses.”

There’s no denying the rising tensions with Iran are contributing to the spike in gas prices. But to blame the people who are talking about solutions to the Iranian nuclear threat for this is simply disgraceful. If Obama wants to blame anyone, he should be faulting the Iranian regime for continuing to pursue a nuclear weapons program in the face of international warning.