The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, July 17, 2006

Bush's Leadership 101: Talking with mouth full, swearing

The recent and terrifying events in the Middle East have really started to highlight the total inability of this administration to actually lead when there's a need for it. Condy Rice spent the weekend trying to explain how the war in Iraq has actually stabilized the region-- as wars and religious strife tend to do-- and the rest of the administration has been conspicuously silent on what they think can be done to stop the violence.

During a closed door luncheon at the G8 Summit, a table microphone accidentally caught candid remarks between President Bush and Tony Blair.

Bush didn't pause to chew his food as he said to Tony Blair, "What [the United Nations] need to do is to get Syria to stop Hezbollah from doing this shit."

The American President indicated that he was frustrated with the United Nations for not doing more to mitigate the crisis, saying, "I felt like telling Kofi to get on the phone with [Syrian President] Assad and make something happen."

So is the official administration policy "let's hope someone does something about this"?