Things That Make Me Want to ScreamVia Digby:
Q Thank you, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you here. I'm a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.
THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)
Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)
I saw the question from the student at Johns Hopkins on TV and the most shocking thing was the lack of seriousness with which it was received. Bush tried kidding about his absolute ignorance of the issue, which was shameful enough. By his attitude, you'd have thought they were talking about something completely insignificant like, say, the infield fly rule. But then the audience erupts in laughter, several times. Bush is about as inept as any president we've seen at being funny, his contempt for addressing any issue seriously is disgraceful, and people are laughing. Where in god's name do they get these people?...
Fuck if I know.