Your President's Priorities
I've been thinking a lot about the quote about The Decider's dissatisfaction with the Iraqi response to his invasion of their country. Here it is again:
"[T]he president expressed frustration that Iraqis had not come to appreciate the sacrifices the United States had made in Iraq, and was puzzled as to how a recent anti-American rally in support of Hezbollah in Baghdad could draw such a large crowd."
Where to start? Froomkin has coverage of the quote in today's column, including this:
"Bush had only one demand: 'It's important to have someone who's willing to stand up and thank the American people for their sacrifice in liberating Iraq.' According to Bremer, he came back to this single point three times in the same meeting. Similarly, Ghazi al-Yawar, an obscure Sunni Arab businessman, became Bush's candidate for president of Iraq's interim government because, as Bremer reports, Bush had 'been favorably impressed with his open thanks to the Coalition.' "
This really is all you need to know about the man who is president. He starts a war under false pretenses for dubious motives (democracy only became a motive, remember, when other rationales failed) and is pissed that the citizenry of the invaded and occupied country, who are dying in a civil war at the rate of 3000 a month, aren't sufficiently paying him tribute.*
We only thought we were fucked. People are dying by the dozens a day in a war we are losing and this fucktard is concerned he's not receiving proper glory.
*(I know that if I were an ambitious con-man of scraping intelligence, the game plan for bilking Bush is the brown-nose supreme. It worked, for a while, for Chalabi, after all - and look what good that relationship did and how well it turned out. Seriously, if you're negotiating with The Decider, how could you NOT think he could be rolled?)