What is there left to say? No matter how much I’ve railed against the Bush administration’s agenda in Iraq, and the suffering and destruction it’s caused in that country, I can’t quite bring myself to take much satisfaction in people finally coming to realize what those of us who opposed the war before the first bomb fell knew back when the whole thing was just so much neocon saber-rattline. Now, even our closest allies are beginning to realize they’ve cast their lots with an idiot.
The alliance between George Bush and Tony Blair is in danger after it was revealed that the Prime Minister believes the President has ‘let him down badly’ over the Middle East crisis.
A senior Downing Street source said that, privately, Mr Blair broadly agrees with John Prescott, who said Mr Bush’s record on the issue was ‘crap’.
The source said: “We all feel badly let down by Bush. We thought we had persuaded him to take the Israel-Palestine situation seriously, but we were wrong. How can anyone have faith in a man of such low intellect?”
Well. Who didn’t know that about him in the first place?
If I didn’t laugh, I’d cry. I knew it around the time when I realized that prior to the Iraq war George W. Bush didn’t know the Shiites from the Sunni, nor did he know of the long history of conflict between them, and I realized that we were going to war in a country that I knew more about than the president. (And that’s without even bringing the Kurds and their history in the region into the mix.) He may have “surrounded himself with smart people” but often times a team is only as good as the person leading it.
I also got a chuckle out of news that Bush is supposedly reading Albert Camus’ The Stranger on his summer vacation. (He has to read something, I guess, since he doesn’t read the news.) Maybe that’s because, having been an English Lit. major, I know reading a book is one thing, but understanding it and being able to discuss it intelligently is entirely another. That said, I might even pay money to see Bush pull off a discussion about The Stranger without having a mental meltdown. Especially based on this reel Joe Scarborough ran on MSNBC.
The only thing funnier is that conservative pundits are now left to push the message that maybe we don’t need an intelligent president.
Maybe it’s not a question of need. Maybe we just get the leadership we deserve.