Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Portrait of a Preznit trapped in a quagmire 

How can Bush speak when he keeps gritting his teeth like that?

HELLMOUTH, Texas (AP) - President Bush said Tuesday he was "deeply suspicious" of Iran but was not ready to seek United Nations sanctions against Tehran for its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Speaking to reporters at his Texas ranch, Bush said the newly elected president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had indicated a willingness to continue discussions with European nations.

Haw. Wish He's been talking that way on Saddam's supposed WMDs. Of course, you can hardly blame Bush for wanting the war. After all, there were mid-term elections to win!

"The man said he wanted to negotiate," Bush said following a meeting with his top economic advisers.

Haw. The first part was the gritted teeth part. This part is the grinding-teeth-to-powder part.

He added that if Iran does not cooperate, U.N. sanctions are "a potential consequence."
(via AP)

Haw. That part was the not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper part.

Honestly, does anyone believe for a minute, a nanosecond, that Inerrant Boy would be even using the word "negotation," let alone threatening "UN sanctions" if He hadn't bogged the troops down in a losing war in Iraq?

Worst of all, Bush has set himself, and the country, up for diplomatic defeat: Nobody will believe any American intelligence, and rightfully so, since Bush set out to politicize the intelligence agencies, and has visibly succeeded. And we're negotiating from a position of weakness, since (absent a nuclear strike, or an Israeli raid) Bush has no military leverage at all.

Yes, the term of art is indeed clusterfuck.

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