Friday, January 28, 2005
# Posted 2:15 AM by Ariel David Adesnik
Bush's idealism astonishes even [Georgian President Mikheil] Saakashvili. The Georgian leader recalls a meeting at the White House last year in which he tried to engage Bush by telling him of Georgia's strategic importance because of its proximity to Caspian Sea oil. The president didn't seem interested. It was only when Saakashvili began talking about freedom and liberty, he says, that Bush got excited.Say it ain't so! A Texas prospector not interested in oil? A refusal to compromise with dictators for the sake of military expediency? Who the hell does Bush think he is, Jimmy Carter? (Actually, Carter was pretty good at compromising with dictators for the sake of military expediency. Think Chun Do Hwan and Ferdinand Marcos)
For some more effective criticism of the President, try Anne Applebaum, who wants to know what Bush is doing about reports of Iraqi security personnel abusing Iraqi prisoners, a la Abu Ghraib.
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