Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Talk tough. Live small.

Yesterday CNN reported as news Bush's colorful language caught on tape:
"What they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over."
But we've all heard Bush talk tough before (cf. ...that asshole news reporter). This isn't news at all. In fact, they missed the real story in that little exchange. When Bush says to Blair, "I think Condi is going to go pretty soon," it confirms our gravest fears. I think?!? Does it depend on whether or not YOU send her?! The President has no idea what is going on, not only in the Middle East, but in his own administration as well.
Six years ago the Bush presidency was supposed to give the US its first CEO president. It appears the US has a CEO in the vein of Kenneth "I had no idea" Lay. I'm afraid I have to agree with Marc Lynch here when he says that the Bush administration is so quiet on the current conflict because it doesn't want to expose the fact that it has no real policy to point to. The story here isn't that Bush drops expletives in his private speech; it's that in his private conversations he demonstrates that he really has no grasp on the state of affairs.
It's Walmart managed by a slacker.

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