A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Diplomacy is not Refusing to Negotiate 

This is not a new problem, however, as it has plagued the Bush administration since its beginnings. Bush began his term by suddenly suspending all dialogue with North Korea during a period of policy review, raising alarm and confirming fears of a nation already deeply distrusting and xenophobic. After classifying North Korea, with Iran and Iraq, as part of the Axis of Evil, the Bush administration further provoked ire and distrust by verbally attacking its leader, Kim Jong Il, with absurd, childish insults, even calling him "a pygmy." Similar thoughtless, bullying comments, such as one by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the United States was prepared to fight two wars at once if needed, senselessly aggravated the situation."

Link to Article from 2004

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