Monday, October 09, 2006

Bush's Fog

In 1997 then Governor of Texas, George Bush, turned to Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia for advice.... "I'm thinking of running for president, " said Bush, then 52..... "I don't have the foggiest idea about what I think about international, foreign policy." (State of Denial, Bob Woodward)

In 1999 Richard Armitage, former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, wasn't sure Bush filled the suit required of a president, "He had a dreadful lack of experience."

We are paying BIG TIME for Bush's fog and lack of experience in foreign affairs, his willingness to be led around by VP "Shoot From the Hip" Cheney and his nefarious neocons... a Middle East at full boil, a no-win war in Iraq, dangerous saber rattling by Iran, an explosion of terrorism and world-wide condemnation of our bully-boy ways.

Instead, he would go Cheney's isolating hawkish way in foreign policy. And, since Bush's intellect pays no role in his governing, he would lead by "Stay the course" Rove slogans, even in the face of the massive failure of his foreign policies.

In Bush's limited world-view, this laundry list of foreign policy failures would elicit a .... "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job".... to the Clueless Condi and 'Nam Rumsfeld.

Now, another dangerous international shoe has dropped, "N. Korea Claims Nuclear Test."

North Korea's "test alters the balance of power in northeast Asia and touches off grave new concerns about the proliferation of refined nuclear material or devices to other rogue states or terrorist groups." (WaPo)

Bush was in a lather after he was elected president to drastically depart from the international path trod by the Clinton administration. He labeled North Korea as a part of the "axis of evil" and stopped direct talks with them. Even before the test, this policy attitude was obviously not working.

But Bush has the mind-set of the incurious, immature and ill-educated.... obstinate refusal to change his mind or seek new solutions.

There will be an emergency session of the U. N. Security Council and lots of huffing and puffing over this new threat. A nuclear-threshold Iran will be watching.... and be emboldened.

More than ever, we live in an increasingly dangerous world, while Bush rhetorically thrashes around in his fog.


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