Wednesday, July 19, 2006
No matter how hard you spin it, Iraq is now embroiled in a full flegged civil war. 6,000 Iraqis have died at the hands of other Iraqis in the last two months alone.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban are resurgent and increasingly strong. The Brits and Canadians have both sent re-reinforcement in hopes of dealing with them. Their support increases every day in the south, while the government continues to disappoint its constituents.
Iran has brilliantly out maneuvered the US over the Palestinian/Israeli peace process. Using its influence over Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran now has Israel fighting on two fronts, and NATO nations bickering with each other. This still has the potential to draw the entire middle east into war. Gee, I guess forcing democracy down the throat of the not overly interested Palestinians, and pushing Syria out of Lebanon (both moves strongly opposed by our allies in the area) weren't such grand plans after all.
Damn, and those folks the pres called the "axis of evil" all seem to be getting the better of us, diplomatically speaking. So much for "little head" diplomacy!
And don't even get me started on President Dickhead's boorish behavior at the G8! (hint to Dubya: beckoning the Prime Minister of a sovereign nation by yelling "yo, Blair" or sneaking up behind the female president of and allied country to give her a surprise massage may be acceptable behavior in a Harvard frat house, but is considered boorish at a summit of world leaders, just so you know!)
Meanwhile, it was a busy week for me last week!
The Huck Finn float was Saturday, and my pal Ron and I decided to build our own raft. We completed it about midnight Friday night! But it was a big success, save a minor incident or two. Details on my myspace blog. Hopefully, I'll have pics to post shortly.
I hate July, there are no fewer than 5 family birthdays this month. Which means not only a sever strain on my pocketbook, but a logistical nightmare trying to figure out when we can celebrate them. Speaking of which, gotta run. Gotta shop for the granddaughter's birthday gifts.
I'm guessing not.
As to Bush himself.... I don't particularly like Tony Blair but his total disrespect of him was amazing. After all the UK is supposed to be his biggest ally. I think what little respect Tony has here almost vanished with that "Yo, Blair" comment.
Great blog, GWB. Loved every last word.
notta - problem is, these guys are so arrogent, they think that everyone else should play to our culture. Although, I can't think of many boardrooms where Dumyas behavior would n't be frowned upon, either!
mw - see comment above. George thinks they should all have to learn to do things his way. In fact he thinks the entire world should learn to do things his way. The leader of the free world doesn't have time for such things as cultural nicities!
ck - mw was being kind when she referred to him as a "slow learner"
And it scares me to death that somebody that "slow" has his trigger on the bomb.
mr. a - me too!