Bush Bashing

From Holden:

OK, Robert Mugabe is more than a bit of a thug, but he knows a fellow fascist when he sees him.

[Zimbabwe President Robert] Mugabe departed from his text at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to accuse Bush and Blair of illegally invading Iraq and looking to unseat governments elsewhere.

“Must we allow these men, the two unholy men of our millennium, who in the same way as Hitler and Mussolini formed (an) unholy alliance, formed an alliance to attack an innocent country?” he said.

“The voice of Mr Bush and the voice of Mr Blair can’t decide who shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall rule in Africa, who shall rule in Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela, who shall rule in Iran, who shall rule in Iraq,” he said.

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“Is this the world we desire? The world of giants and international terrorists who use their state muscle in order to intimidate us? We become the midgets,” he said.

Some of the delegates applauded his fiery anti-Western speech several times.

Then there’s the increasingly vague line between fiction and nonfiction.

A new novel about an Al-Qaeda plot to destroy America’s largest cities with nuclear weapons presents a thinly disguised George Bush as the incompetent Commander in Chief who fails to act decisively when presented with growing evidence that the next 9/11 is imminent.

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In “King of Bombs,” the President and key officials go unamed, however, it is clear to the reader that they are thinly veiled representations of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The presidential administration portrayed in [Sheldon] Filger’s novel is characterized by incompetence, cronyism and a short-sighted obsession with image and public relations at the expense of dealing the nation’s most compelling national security issues. The White House characters in Filger’s novel echo his own evaluation of the current President.

“In my opinion, there exists two great vulnerabilities America has with respect to nuclear terrorism,” Filger said. ” In the first place, a fanatical, but highly effective terrorist network, known as Al-Qaeda, has the clear intention and likely capacity to acquire and use nuclear weapons in a future attack on the American homeland. Secondly, the man most responsible for protecting America from such an apocalyptic threat, President Bush, sadly lacks the intellect and strategic insight to comprehend the threat, as well as the strength of character and leadership accumen to address the threat decisively. At this extremely dangerous period in American history, the man whose hand is on the helm of the ship of state is a vapid mediocrity, apparently clueless with respect to the imminent and catastrophic threat posed to the nation’s very existence by nuclear terrorism.”