Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tale told by an idiot?

President George W. Bush met with prominent dissenters about the Iraq war today. We shall see if this transcends from mere gesture to actual policy; or if this was full of sound and fury yet signified nothing. One excerpt from the Reuters' account is of note for the level of detail.:
Lawrence Eagleburger, secretary of state for Bush's father, said when talking to the president there is a tendency to be restrained in expressing opposing views.

"There was some criticism, but it was basically 'you haven't talked to the American people enough,' and it was very mild," he said to reporters after the meeting. "We're all has-beens anyway," he said, smoking a cigarette in front of the television cameras on the White House driveway.
Plus this is just plain hilarious. Something you'd expect from the Onion, yet in real life.


Blogger Ezzie said...

No change does not mean it was just a press ploy. One need not change their opinion merely because others disagree - often, listening to their reasoning may only reaffirm one's convictions.

9:35 PM  
Blogger TGreen said...

I'm sure that these "dissenters" were carefully screened and told to keep their critizisms watered down. My guess would be that they were also instructed to use simple sentence structure and two syllable words whenever possible so as not to overwhelm the President's limited vocabulary and attention span.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Good of you to point this out! I spotted Eagleburger on television just the other day, but he wasn't smoking at that point. If it were on tv, I'd have laughed too.

9:04 AM  

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