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It’s Not Me, It’s You, Whines Bush!!

The curtain call of the Bush administration revealed the actor had learned nothing from his prior acting performances and continued making the same mistakes of arrogance and ignorance. In response to reporter questions about the economy, the president could only note: “I inherited a recession. I’m ending on a recession, in the meantime there were 52 months of uninterrupted job growth.” Yes, a terrific 52 months during which time the national debt doubled from $5 trillion to $10 trillion and a national Ponzi scheme of illusionary wealth was created. He admitted to disappointment in not finding non-existent WMD, but insisted the decision to invade Iraq had brought peace to the Middle East. On which planet is this man living to claim conditions today are in better shape for peace than in 2001!!

He defended his policies of torture(oops, waterboarding and other such interrogation procedures are just normal ways of talking with people)by emphasizing that terrorism had declined in the world under his watch. Let’s see, the Taliban were defeated in Afghanistan in 2001 and now control areas of Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan. Due to actions of terrorists, Pakistan has become engaged in a conflict with India. Over five million have died in the Congo, but apparently since they are not Americans it is of no importance to Bush.

As always, George Bush does not make “mistakes” although he admits to “disappointments.” Among his most amazing comments at the press conference was insisting his people did a wonderful job dealing with Hurricane Katrina. In all fairness to the man who never met a mistake he mistook for success, he did acknowledge perhaps his greatest error was using the expression, “bring em on.”

I suspect the American people simply want to “bring em far far away.”

Muharraf In The Reporter’s Den-Questions And Answers

Pakistan Presdient Musharraf met a hostile group of international reporters who refused to back away from posing tough questions. The first question asked apparently infuriated the president. He was aksed how he could lead the nation when “many people in the country believe you have blood on your hands over Benazir Bhutto’s death.” Musharraf’s face went cold and he responded: “I consider the question below my dignity to answer. However, I would like to answer it.” He went on to point out he was raised by a cultured family tht did not believe in killing people. But, the questions kept on coming:
Would he bow to mounting public opinion and resign?
Was he in fear of his life given the levels of terrorist violence?
What about the charges of vote rigging before the election?

Musharraf defended his actions and made clear he was not afraid of being killed since he knew how to take car of himself. He slipped for a moment when complaining he had warned Bhutto about possible violence and even provided her with an armored car. Reporters pointed out she bought the car. He insisted her death was caused by being blown against the sun roof of the car and agreed there was need for further investigation. That is why he has summoned Scotland Yard. He did blame “inefficiency” at the crime scene of those in charge.

It is interesting that Musharraf’s Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s leader, Chuadhry Shujaat Hussain told reporters that it was important for the INter-Services Intelligence(ISI) to monitor actions of opposition political parties. “It keeps a watch on political parties and reports their anti-government and anti-state activities.” Perhaps, someone should inform Musharraf that in a democracy the opposition party is expected to oppose the state.