Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Kofi's Choice

Kofi Annan made clear today that happy happy wasn't the world's opinion with the way Team Bush has mishandled Iraq. I dare say the UN Secretary General swiped at Preznit Bush and he looked down-right satisfied doing it:
Annan opened this year's annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations by critising Bush's plan to deliver democracy to Iraq through forcein a pointed speech aimed at underlining the importance of the rule of law.

"Those who seek to bestow legitimacy must themselves embody it, and those who invoke international law must themselves submit to it," Annan said, according to his prepared remarks.

"In Iraq, we see civilians massacred in cold blood while relief workers, journalists and other non-combatants are taken hostage and put to death in the most barbarous fashion," he said.

"At the same time, we have seen Iraqi prisoners disgracefully abused," he said, drawing a parallel between the Iraq bloodshed and the prisoner scandal in a way destined to irk Bush, who was to due to speak after Annan.

And try to speak Bush did. What was that? Oh. Right. Stay the course. Up is down. Black is white. Might makes right:
He said his mission was "not to retreat, it is to prevail."

"We will standing with the people of Afghanistan and Iraq until their hopes for freedom and liberty are fulfilled," Bush said.

All good if he wasn't completely full of shit:
"Inside the Bush administration policymaking apparatus, there is strong feeling that U.S. troops must leave Iraq next year. This determination is not predicated on success in implanting Iraqi democracy and internal stability. Rather, the officials are saying: Ready or not, here we go." - Bob Novack

[snip]

Well-placed sources in the administration are confident Bush's decision will be to get out. They believe that is the recommendation of his national security team and would be the recommendation of second-term officials.

Never mind that man behind the curtain. Now, watch this drive.

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