Wednesday 17th of April 2024

spruiking bushit .....

‘Less than 18 months after U.S. President George W. Bush
declared in his 2005 Inaugural Address his unequivocal commitment to the
"ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world", tyrants, particularly
in the Islamic world, are taking heart. 

From North Africa to Central
Asia, top U.S. officials are busy embracing dictators - and their sons, where
appropriate - even as they continue to mouth the pro-democracy rhetoric that
became the hallmark of the administration's foreign policy pronouncements,
particularly after the 2003 invasion of Iraq failed to turn up evidence of
weapons of mass destruction or ties to al Qaeda. 

Particularly notable in just the
past month have been White House receptions for Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's heir-apparent, his son Gamal; the
praise lavished by Vice President Dick Cheney on Kazakhstan President Nursultan
Nazarbayev during a recent visit to Almaty; and last week's normalisation of
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. 

"You add up all the pieces,
and the message to the world is, 'We have a lot of other business than just
democracy in this region',"according to Thomas Carothers, director of the
Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace (CEIP) here. "And that business means friendly relations with all
sorts of autocrats."’ 

Bush Democracy
Doctrine: RIP

Village fair

I saw a bumper sticker today that made my day... It had a cartton of our hero Dubya and read something like that: "A Texan village is sharing its idiot with the rest of the world"...

hegemon .....

‘At West Point’s graduation ceremony, President Bush gave
a none too subtle hint that the United States will be waging war in the Middle
East for years and years to come. And not just in Iraq. 

“So long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom
does not flourish, it will remain a place where terrorists foment resentment
and threaten American security,” he said. He added, a few sentences later, “The
message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom,
and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people and
every nation.” 

Since Bush delivers the promise of freedom by gunpoint and
in a bomb crater, people in Syria and Iran ought to take note. 

And we, as citizens of the United States, ought to take
note, too, that Bush’s appetite for war is not yet sated.’

Bush At West Point: Vows Long Middle
Eastern War

hardly a surprise, given current US foreign
policy ….. see