Preznit Give Turkee....Hives
I hereby propose a rule to be known as Bush's First Law: there is no geopolitical situation, no matter how bad already, that this nitwit and his fluffers cannot make indescribably worse. From Juan Cole today:
Before W. got into the White House and ruined the world, 56% of Turks had a favorable view of the United States and the country was a firm NATO ally. Last I knew, the favorability rating had fallen to 12%, largely because Turks are afraid Bush's misadventure in Iraq will blow back on them. Now they think the US is a greater threat to them than the major terrorist organization that has menaced them for the past 30 years! It would be like the English public saying the US is a greater threat than the Irish Republican Army, or the French public saying the US is a greater threat than the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (Groupe Islamique Armé).
This was Dr. Cole's comment on the news story he had just cited, from a report by that radical IslamoCommie media outlet...um, Voice of America (oops.)
' In a recent opinion poll measuring what people in Turkey perceive as the country's biggest threat, the United States was first and Iraqi Kurds were second. Leyla Tausanoglu, a political columnist for the independent Cumhuriyet newspaper, says many Turks are skeptical of American plans because of the Iraq war, and are now suspicious of U.S. ties with Iraqi Kurdish leaders.'
This survey was of course taken before his exceptionally, in fact possibly all-time-award-winningly, boneheaded speech--not an off-the-cuff remark mind you, an actual prepared, pre-written speech! in which the Preznit said that the best possible outcome in Iraq, towards which all our blood, treasure and efforts were being applied, was to make it be like....wait for it....
You think I am making this up? That nobody would say such a thing? That this would instantly shoot the speaker into the position of World Class Recruiter for Al-Qaeda and BFF of Bin Laden? That would be no, no and yes. From Cole again, quote via Indianapolis Star:
Bush said in a speech on Thursday that he hopes Iraq will be like Israel, a democracy that faces terrorist violence but manages to retain its democratic character:
' In Israel, Bush said, "terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks. The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it's not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that's a good indicator of success that we're looking for in Iraq." '
These words may be the stupidest ones ever uttered by a US president. Given their likely impact on the US war effort in the Middle East, they are downright criminal.
Way to go, Georgie. Win them there hearts and minds!