This Girl's Voice

Monday, July 14, 2003  

•• Bush's Foreign Policy for Dummies ••

It seems everytime George W. Bush gets a little bit too cocky and comfortable in own his shoes as pResident of the U.S., he goes off script and says what he's really thinking -- which is not only frightening to most level-headed people here and around the world -- but also soon thereafter invokes a parade of print & on-air clean-up teams to sop up the mess with damage-control soundbites and post-spin rationalizations about what the President "really" meant.

Some classic "off the cuff" remarks by Bush are just plain stupid and harmless while others may come back to haunt him, such as this syntactical collision and cautionary note: "there's no cave deep enough for America, or dark enough to hide", or this promise: "they can run, but they can't hide" -- when the most recent and disturbing news reports confirm that al Qaeda has regrouped and the Taliban is back together and are in plain view in Kabul wreaking havoc, negotiating with the American intelligence.

And let's not forget that very first ole' cowboy bravado quip he made mere days after 9/11 in the White House where he bragged to the press that "There's an old poster out West, I recall, that says: 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'".

So far, no one knows the whereabouts of Bin Laden despite the U.S. promise of a $30 milllion dollar reward -- or the location of Saddam Hussein despite the $25 million dollar bounty for his head, symbolically speaking -- or, i'm sure, for any body part that proves it's really him. You remember them, don't you? They we're in bed with each other, when it came to WMD's.

We won't even get into the current storm that Bush's Jan. 28th State of the Union Address has created -- which despite the Admin's directive to Tenet to fall on his sword last week -- shows no sign of going away. But i'll save that one for an up and coming post i'm still in the process of writing.

On a somewhat lighter note -- if there is such a thing when it comes to the open-ended potential negative repercussions from Bush's off-the-script remarks, blogger [This Modern World] and comic strip artist Tom Tomorrow sheds some daylight onto the GOP operatives' "take" on Bush's "carefully conceived stragegy" regarding his having dared enemy combatants to "bring them on" and attack U.S. military personnel at a recent press conference in Africa.

posted by voxpopgirl | 7/14/2003