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Tuesday, July 18, 2006


 

Bush quotes


Dissecting and/or making fun of things George Bush is pretty much low-hanging fruit which I try as much as possible to leave to others. But the commentary on two of his recent statements has largely missed a few points I think worth noting.

First, there was this official exchange at a G-8 press conference:

PRESIDENT BUSH: And I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same thing.

PRESIDENT PUTIN: We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I will tell you quite honestly. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT BUSH: Just wait.
The focus, as you know, has been on Putin's "zinger" (to which, by the way, if you watch the tape closely you will see Bush crack a smile, if not actually laugh, since he knows very well Iraqi "democracy" is a joke). But there are two other points to make. First is the astonishing boast about "religious freedom" in Iraq. Iraq is, in fact, a place which had religious freedom long before the U.S. invasion, but where now, thanks to that invasion, it has become a routine matter for 50 people a day to be killed because of their religion, and where people actually carry false identity cards to pass as an adherent of another religion. Some "freedom."

The second astonishing thing about this quote is the "Just wait." More than 100,000 Iraqis have already found the freedom of the grave waiting for Bush's "democracy," with dozens more joining them every single day, and the rest suffering from daily terror and the lack of water, electricity, jobs, and more, while Bush councils the world to "just wait" for history to prove him a wise and just invader.

The second Bush quote I want to comment on is the famous "unguarded" conversation with Tony Blair, also known as the "ohmygodBushsaidshit" conversation which has the airwaves all atwitter. I'm sure I could care less about Bush's use of "foul" language, or even about his complete lack of understanding of the meaning of the word "irony" (there is nothing ironic about getting "Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's all over"). What I'd like to note is two things. First this:

Yeah I think Condi's [US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice] gonna go [to the Middle East] soon.
Shouldn't he know whether she is? Shouldn't he have been the one who told her to go? I'll leave the obvious comment about who's in charge in the "Cheney administration" to Billmon.

The other thing to note is the American/Bush arrogance implicit in this quote:

I felt like telling Kofi to call, to get on the phone to Assad and make something happen.
A less arrogant person who doesn't see himself as emperor of the world might talk about "asking Kofi"; Bush is into "telling." Of course the fact that he "felt like telling Kofi," but evidently didn't, is also interesting; perhaps he was waiting to be told to do so by his handlers.


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