A Real King Refuses to Dine with a Wanna-be Kingposted by Bill Arnett @ 12:38 PM Permalink
Fortunately for the world and America ever more people are abandoning the sinking ship of state as helmed by bush. If this loss of friendship and respect continues, eventually bush's isolation will be complete, or at least complete enough to solidify his status as the lame duck he is (with apologies to all ducks, lame or hearty and hale).
His coalition of the willing is rapidly becoming the coalition of the gone, and now even old family friends and business partners are not only beginning to ooze away from bush, but to run and condemn him.
That brings me to our wanna-be king bush's hand holding and tip-toeing through the tulips friend King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Jim Hoagland of the WaPo reports today in his opinion piece that:
[President bush's] decision to schedule a mid-April White House gala for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah signified the president's high regard for an Arab monarch who is also a Bush family friend.…Now the White House ponders what Abdullah's sudden and sparsely explained cancellation of the dinner signifies.…Abdullah's bowing out of the April 17 event is, in fact, one more warning sign that the Bush administration's downward spiral at home is undermining its ability to achieve its policy objectives abroad.…Friends as well as foes see the need, or the chance, to distance themselves from the politically besieged Bush.…the Saudis, too, know how to read election returns. They see Bush swimming against a tide of scandal and stench that engulfs his most trusted aides. In the traditional Saudi worldview, this is a moment to hedge, not to indulge in the kind of leadership needed to break the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock or the deadly morass of Iraq." They see Bush swimming against a tide of scandal and stench that engulfs his most trusted aides." Think about that statement, which I believe is essentially true, but I would have phrased it as, "They see bush overwhelmed and drowning in a tide of scandal and stench that engulfs bush and his most trusted aides."
The stench of corruption in this maladministration starts at the top and slowly but inexorably engulfs the rest of the GOP like an unstoppable mudslide. If the country is lucky bush will have so tainted the GOP, Republican brand that they will be relegated to political obscurity.
The world watches and the longer this debacle in Iraq continues the more America will continue to see allies and friends fall by the wayside and refuse to play bush's bullsh*t games.