President George W. Bush prepared for an Asia-Pacific summit in Australia, saying on Friday the United States would consider a peace treaty with North Korea if it gave up nuclear arms.
Will Fred Barnes and the other wing-nut intellectuals be writing a tersely worded missive to the BushHouse that reiterates the recently held Republican consensus that North Korea can’t be trusted,
BARNES:The issue would be what concessions, what rewards is the United States going to offer to North Korea in order for them to be good for a while and then they’ll do it for a while. We know they can’t be trusted. They’ll be good for a while and then they’ll do something else that we’ll to reward them to stop for a while, so — and meanwhile they become more of a nuclear power and with better and longer range missiles, so I mean, there’s nothing to be gained for going one-on-one with the North Koreas that’s for sure. We know they’re not — we know Kim Jong il will not give up the nuclear program.
Another day and another opportunity for Republicans to show America how they can talk out of both sides of their mouths with minimal dribbling.
As I skimmed the transcript of the new bin Laden tape with its discussion of global warming, subprime credit woes, Noam Chomsky, Richard Perle, the low tax nirvana of Islam and a bunch of other stuff, I could not help feeling sad again about how we gave this joker a new lease on life by invading Iraq.
And The Talking Dog has this, Heeeeeere’s Osama. Its as though the Right in got caught up in a rage over a serial killer from Georgia and then invaded California as they let the killer slip through their hands. OBL was nothing more or less then a killer. We track them down and punish them all the time, we don’t use them as a national cause célèbre to invade countries that posed no genuine threat, endlessly exploit the deaths for political gain or dismantle the Constitution. THE JONES REPORT RE: LIFE FOR IRAQIS
Iraq’s violent environment has placed its population under extreme duress. Iraq’s population at the time of the 2003 invasion was about 26.5 million. Currently, more than 40,000 Iraqis leave Iraq each month. There are at least 2 million Iraqi refugees throughout the Middle East, whose presence places increasing pressure on Iraq’s neighbors, and an additional 2.2 million displaced persons within Iraq.28 Seventy percent of Iraqi residents lack adequate water supplies, compared with 50 percent in 2003.29 Twenty-eight percent of children are malnourished, compared to 19 percent before the 2003 invasion.
President Bush’s trademark struggles with the finer points of public speaking were on full display Friday, when he thanked his “Austrian” hosts for inviting him to this year’s “OPEC” summit.
In Rightyville regular fumbles like this don’t make red staters wince with embarrassment, they just love him all the more for being a screw-up.
Antoinette Lilly: Good morning!
Lefty LeBow: What’s so good about it?
Antoinette Lilly: Smell that fresh morning air! Look at the blue sky above!
Lefty LeBow: Have you been drinkin’ some of Doc’s Snakebite?
from the film Bronco Billy – 1980