Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Riga Shuffle

At a press conference today in Riga, Latvia, President Bush was in rare form. He was asked whether Washington and Moscow should work out a plan to bring democracy to Belarus, an oppressive Stalinist-era former Soviet republic that Bush has called the "last remaining dictatorship in Europe." His response:

"Secret deals to determine somebody else's fate I think that's what we're lamenting here today, one of those secret deals among large powers that consigns people to a way of government."

You mean like two powerful allies concocting a plan well in advance to invade a smaller nation on false pretenses to destroy that nation's type of government and impose a totally different one?

And this from Bush today:

"We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability."

I'm glad to hear that. And I know the citizens of our close allies are as well--nations like Jordan, Egypt, the UAE, Pakistan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Uzbekistan.

And if "stability" is not why pictures like this get taken, someone better come up with the real reason as soon as possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it is, do as we say, not as we do :-(

How does Bush explain Africa (i.e., Darfur, Dem Rep of Congo)? How's Haiti doing these days?

I wish I could remember where I read the quote from Rice that said our (U.S.) foreign policy approach is now one that promotes rapid political change without regard for internal stability. Ah Rumsfeld, "Democracy is messy" (It is not enough to win a war, it is more important to organize the peace. --Aristotle).

Is this our only option for world peace? This may be a leap of faith, but I'm assuming that is our goal.

That strategy reminds me of Gen. Tom Franks saying "we don't do body counts." or Trent Lott saying "Let's just flatten the place and see what happens."

Don't other lives in the world matter?

5/07/2005 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT post.

5/07/2005 1:49 PM  
Blogger ghartstein said...

I think you left out the last part of the second Bush quote:

"...unless we can profit from the backs of their poor."

5/07/2005 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sort of insane hypocrisy is our greatest enemy. Unfortunately, under this president, it is what we're known for.

5/07/2005 4:59 PM  
Blogger maeldon said...

When I read this I felt like I was
watching a parade and some kid
yelled out

The Emporer has no clothes

Don't these guys confront reality

5/08/2005 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Translation: since a "vain pursuit of stability" is Sisyphaen, which means stability is unattainable, we shall continue to sacrifice freedom in our unrelenting pursuit of instability, and I point proudly to our ungoing successes in that regard in Afghanistan and Iraq, with numerous other successful instability-building projects on the drawing boards to be rolled out maybe as early as next month or so. Stay tuned.
Brian Boru

5/08/2005 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, once again I was amazed at the size of Bush's balls when he made those comments just days after being photographed holding hands with the Saudi. He knows that he can say anything and no one in the press will call him on it. I can't believe the pass he gets from the media in this country. Every time he gets more outrageous, I think, surely the press will not let this one go, but then they do. Leaving me wondering, what depths does this man have to plunge to that the American media will finally call him on his crap? Just how many innocent civilians have to die?

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