Monday, July 17, 2006

George Bush has the Answer

As I'm sure everyone knows, Dubya was picked up by his mic making the following Churchillian pronouncement on the Middle East:

See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over.

Well. There you have it.

First: the "irony"? What exactly is ironic about this situation? Moreover, even if there were something ironic in the whole thing, it certainly wouldn't be getting Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit.

Second: This little sentence perfectly encapsulates Dubya and his cabal's approach to diplomacy. Recall when Cheney said that the Iraqis would just have to start governing? Didn't Condi say the same thing: basically, if we tell them to just stop fighting and get along, they will.

Maybe it works for kids - you can tell them to take a time out and stop pulling each other's hair. That's not how governance works. Telling the Iraqis, with so much pent up sectarian hate that's been fanned for months now, to just "sit down and start getting along" is a pathetic approach to solving the world's problems.

What does Dubya think - if we just call up Syria, they're going to say, "okay, we'll just give Hezbollah a call and get them to stop, no problem, it's over"?

The Frat Boy President, who prior to his presidency had been to what, Mexico once for some cheap beer?, now purports to solve the worlds problems with simple solutions: "Just stop."

And didn't everyone love the moment when Bush lectured Putin on democracy being built in Iraq, and Putin told him that Iraqi-style democracy wasn't exactly a good idea for Russia? That was the best line ever.

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