On the importance of Bush’s verbal blunders.
Bush’s amusing gaffes should not divert attention from the gravity of his underlying decline. Though his verbal hilariousness has been present since the beginning, his miscues, misstatements and mistakes now highlight a foreign policy in utter disarray.
In Rome, on June 9, a reporter asked Bush about setting a deadline for Kosovo independence. “What? Say that again?” “Deadline for the Kosovo independence?” “A decline?” “Deadline, deadline.” “Deadline. Beg your pardon. My English isn’t very good.” Bush then declared, “In terms of the deadline, there needs to be one. This needs to come — this needs to happen.” The next day, asked when he would set a deadline, he replied, “I don’t think I called for a deadline.” Reminded of his previous statement, Bush said: “I did? What exactly did I say? I said, ‘Deadline’? OK, yes, then I meant what I said.”