Addicted to oil?

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President Bush Delivers State of the Union Address

In his address President Bush used the memorable phrase ‘addicted to oil’. This has been dismissed by many commentators, but as someone who’s worked briefly in drugs policy I think the key word here is ‘addicted’. He could have easily used the safer word ‘dependency’ but chose not to, considering his own past history of alcohol ‘dependency’. So give the guy a break, OK!