I wrote yesterday about Bush and his “awfully difficult decisions.” Today we learn of another Bush decision which is more imbecilic than ”awfully difficult.” In his two day trip to
He certainly makes some contradictory decisions. On the one hand he announces his intended Middle East trip is all about making peace and assuring ‘democratisation’ of the region and then we learn of this £20 billion arms deal. Nice one, George. If you want peace, prepare for war. And with democratisation high on his agenda, just who else does he go kowtowing to? None other than the Saudi regime, some of the worst human rights abusers in the world (see a previous piece on this blog). Did he slate King Abdullah for his outlawing of trade unions, the ban on political dissent, demonstrations, the lack of democracy, the oppression of women? Not on your nelly!
As Michael Hirsh, writing for Newsweek, observes :
“What could not be found on Bush's schedule was one Saudi dissident or political activist, much less a democrat. Just a day after his speech in Abu Dhabi—and three years after declaring in his second inaugural address that "it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture"—the president made time for a tour of Saudi Arabia's National History Museum but not for a meeting with Fouad al-Farhan.
Creating an alliance against
"I would hope, as OPEC considers different production levels, that they understand that if . . . one of their biggest consumers' economy suffers, it will mean less purchases, less oil and gas sold."
In a round table talk with reporters, whilst in Saudi Arabia, Bush was asked about the alleged incident in the
"It's not going to matter to me one way or the other if they hit our ships, and the Iranian government has got to understand that"
And days after Bush’s historic visit to
Interestingly, at a press conference in
I wonder if King Abdullah will take Bush aside and say: “Yo, Bush, about these weapons you’re giving
And I can just see Bush answering: “And what’s all this about you sucking up to