Laura Just Loves Those Violent Tyrants

From Holden:

After all, she married one. On Monday she gave the Egyptian president-for-life the tongue.

In front of the pyramids, Laura Bush said on Monday that building democracy is a slow process, and she praised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for what she called an important first step toward open elections.

“I think he’s been very bold and wise to take the first step,” Mrs. Bush said of the president who has served 24 years without facing an opposing candidate for re-election.

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Mrs. Bush told reporters that sometimes “you have to be slow” when implementing political freedoms.

That’s right, folks, Mrs. Bush wants it, but she wants it slooooow. Is 24 years in power slow enough for you, Laura?

Yesterday we saw an exercise of Mubarak’s boldness and wisdom.

Crowds of pro-government demonstrators attacked opponents of President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday while police stood by, staining a day of national voting that government leaders had touted as a major step toward democracy.

In some cases, pro-Mubarak protesters dragged unarmed men and women by the hair and beat them with police-style rubber truncheons. In other cases, young men who arrived marching in formation groped female demonstrators and used wood poles bearing cardboard portraits of Mubarak to beat rival demonstrators over the head in plain view of hundreds of uniformed police.

(AP Photo)

(AFP/File/Cris Bouroncle)

Maybe Laura should leave diplomacy to the professionals like Condi Rice and John Bolton and…

We’re fucked, aren’t we.