November 21, 2005

BIG SKY COUNTRY:

Bush praises Mongolia for democratic values (Richard Spencer, 22/11/2005, Daily Telegraph)

An American president visited Mongolia for the first time yesterday, a reward for the fledgling democracy's break with its autocratic past and its embrace of Western values.

"You are an example of success for the region and for the world," President George W Bush told his hosts. "As you build a free society in the heart of Central Asia, the American people stand with you."

Since rejecting communism in 1990, the country has initiated elections, privatisation and liberal economic policies.

It has also supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. [...]

The scenery, with its rolling grasslands, made Mr Bush feel at home, he said. "This is a beautiful land, with huge skies and vast horizons - kind of like Texas," he said.


Maybe that's why they're so unFrench?

MORE:
Bush indulges in a little horseplay in Mongolia (Caroline Daniel, November 21 2005, Financial Times)

In the first visit by a sitting US president to Mongolia, George W. Bush announced that he was in Ulan Bator to deliver an “important international message”, then after a pause, added: “Secretary Rumsfeld asked me to check on his horse.”

His comment got a knowing laugh from the watching Mongolian elite, dominated by officers festooned with gold medals. When Mr Rumsfeld visited Mongolia last month, the defence secretary received a horse as a gift, which he named Montana.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2005 11:27 PM
Comments

"But," Senator Kerry cries, "what about Jinjis[sic]Khan/"

Posted by: HT at November 21, 2005 11:56 PM

One of Robert Kaplan's better efforts, a profile of Col. Tom Wilhelm, our army of one in Mongolia (full article is subscriber-only, sorry):

The Man Who Would Be Khan

Posted by: joe shropshire at November 22, 2005 12:24 AM

Did the President get to see a game of bushkazi?

Posted by: b at November 22, 2005 11:40 AM

That's more the Afghans, no?--our Special Forces guys played after the Taliban fell.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2005 11:55 AM

I thought similar games existed among all the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. Did SF play with a dead goat, or some wussy modern substitute?

Posted by: b at November 22, 2005 1:20 PM
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