September 19, 2006

OVER THEIR HEADS, TO THE PEOPLE:

Showdown at the United Nations (Anshel Pfeffer, 9/20/06, THE JERUSALEM POST)

Bush routinely uses his right as host to speak at the beginning of the session and then to quietly disappear from his least favorite building in the country. He definitely had no plans yesterday to hang around for the afternoon session when Ahmadinejad was to take his place on the podium. The US might have issued the Iranian delegation visas, but Ahmadinejad isn't invited to Bush's reception.

The international press tried to build up the two presidents' simultaneous presence as the ultimate showdown, but Bush wasn't about to give him any satisfaction. Ahmadinejad might have invited his American counterpart to a televised debate, but Bush didn't even mention him by name in his speech.

Those who expected Bush to show a bit of humility - Annan was definitely one; last week he summed up his Middle East visit by saying that almost all the region's leaders agreed that the US intervention in Iraq was an unmitigated disaster - were fated to be deeply disappointed.

Bush insisted that Iraq was better off now then when under Saddam Hussein's heel and presented a totally unrepentant view of the Middle East. He divided the hot-spots into three categories: the good guys, the bad guys, and those who have to decide which side they are on. Iran and Afghanistan are the good ones, those who redeemed themselves from tyranny with a bit of help from the US. The leaders of those nations sitting in the assembly got a personal presidential nod.

Lebanon and the Palestinians received encouragement along with not-too-veiled threats against Hamas and Hizbullah.

But the central message was for Iran and Syria. Bush expressed deep "respect" for the people of both countries. When an American president respects a people, it usually means that their leaders are on the hit list.


Ahmedinejad is a time server and that time is almost up. The President should offer to meet with Ayatollah Khamenei...in Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2006 11:54 PM
Comments

Ahmananutjob -

"Britain’s demise is on our agenda"


Posted by: Sandy P at September 20, 2006 2:49 AM

"When an American president respects a people, it usually means that their leaders are on the hit list."

Funny and true.

Posted by: Bob at September 20, 2006 10:05 AM

Bush insisted that Iraq was better off now then when under Saddam Hussein's heel and presented a totally unrepentant view of the Middle East. He divided the hot-spots into three categories: the good guys, the bad guys, and those who have to decide which side they are on. Iran and Afghanistan are the good ones, those who redeemed themselves from tyranny with a bit of help from the US. The leaders of those nations sitting in the assembly got a personal presidential nod.

Iran?

Typo, or reading the tea leaves? :)

Posted by: kevin whited at September 20, 2006 12:00 PM
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