Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bush vs. al-Jazeera

George Bush, friend of a free press.

From today's Daily Mirror:

"President Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a 'Top Secret' No 10 memo reveals.

"But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash."

Changing hearts and minds can be deadly business.


At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been worried about the Bushies holding it together for quite awhile, but this revelation about plans to bomb al-Jazeera makes me think Bush has lost all grip on reality.

Is al-Jazeera fair? No. But neither is the U.S. media in Iraq, partly because it remains hunkered down in the green zone. That's no slam on the U.S. media. They carry hardly more than a pen and a smile (and maybe a bullet-proof vest) when they're mingling with the grenade-toting, gun-carrying soldiers. It's just a sad, simple truth.

Like former FEMA disaster Brown, Bush seems free from the media that keeps us all tethered to each disaster, each battle, each storm minute-by-minute. Bush's dad was cut to shreds after learning Bush had no idea how much a loaf of bread cost (or was it milk..can't recall). But this disconnect is what, 100 billion times more outrageous?

Unlike many democrats, I am not savoring these times. Iraq, the fiscal/ethical/moral scandals shredding the Republican machine, the lies. It only further damages our collective rep in the world community.

All of this is made worse, of course, because there is not honest, legitimate voice of opposition standing up for what America is (or at least aspires to be). Kerry was on Hardball last week with Chris Matthews. I told myself that he wasn't probably as creepy as I remember...that perhaps I was just burned out on him during the election. But no, he's just as creepy. Just as condescending. Just as blech as ever.

Wear is the honest broker among our leaders? It's time, perhaps, for an Ariel Sharone-like earthquake, a departure from a major party. I don't know if it could work -- who would stuff the envelopes, where would they get a donor list, how would anyone survive without a party machine? But someone must do something and soon. It's already time to gear up for the next presidential race.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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