Re: Stupid.. Has a Face
What "they" didn't do was define "energy independence." Bush's idea of energy policy was "the market," which is fine if you're a Saudi prince.
I don't believe "energy independence" is achievable, it's just a feel-good slogan...but domestic production of fossil fuels certainly won't do it unless one tolerates vastly more air pollution, via lots of low-grade coal-burning, than is presently or has ever been the case. No credible source contradicts this.
To "define" "drill baby drill" as energy independence, or as a meaningful route to such, is to define nothing at all. Any sort of realistic energy policy, yeah, imposed by the elected government, is better than nothing.