Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Will someone please choke Dubya?

This morning on NPR (yes yes communist pinko lefty mouthpiece, because telling the truth is a sure sign of liberal bias), once again Dubya was at it. Talking about the recent cyclone in Burma, he offered U.S. aid, and then had to go off on some "but we know the Burmese people want to live in freedom."

Okay--before the right wing nut jobs blow a gasket, I acknowledge that a) giving aid is good, and b) yes, a country can condition aid on anything it likes.

But, let's see: The ruling junta of Burma (and no, I'm not calling it Myanmar. You have your freedom fries, I get my Burma) are notoriously paranoid about outside organizations coming into the country. George Bush is notoriously famous for meddling in the internal affairs of other countries. If Dubya really wanted to give aid, maybe he could just shut up about the "freedom freedom freedom" thing, for once.

Update--Laura's good at it too. From Dan Froomkin:

When a country run by a despotic and isolationist regime is laid low by a massive natural disaster, the diplomatic thing to do is to respond with a show of compassion. Not kick 'em when they're down.

More than 22,000 people have died in the staggering devastation caused by this weekend's cyclone in Burma. But when First Lady Laura Bush made her first-ever visit to the White House briefing room yesterday, to talk about what's going on in that country, it was not to deliver a message of goodwill.

Rather than announce the launch of a massive relief effort that could take advantage of a rare diplomatic opening, the first lady instead tossed insults at Burma's leaders, blamed them for the high death toll, and lashed out at their decision to move forward with a constitutional referendum scheduled for this Saturday.

Well done, Laura!

1 comment:

Johnathon said...

I know you don't like Laura Bush because you're not attracted to women but come on, President Bush is a the man.

He is always the first to offer aid, whether to the Iraqi people and their freedom, the Tsunami in Indonsesia ot the cyclone in Myanmar.

the USA gives more in foreign aid to the rest of the world than guess what?, the rest of the world combined.

That's right and it pisses me off.

Fuck the middle east and those terrorists and fuck the rest of the world.

America should pull out of Iraq, let them slaughter each other till their all gone, and not give a FUCKING DOLLAR anymore to so called aid.

America is the best country in the world and there is no use in helping out any other country that is run by muslim terrorists like the junta.