Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Oh no, how embarrassing

Apparently McCain is confused again and must have been reverting back to the first time he was running for president when he had this to say:
We need a League of Nations, we need a group of nations who work together and pose meaningful sanctions and modify Iranian behavior.

League of Nations? Seriously? Umm, I hate to break it to you but they already tried that...in 1920. And it was disbanded...like, in 1946. The good news is we have formed something similar called the United Nations. Bush appointed a Mark Twain-impersonating people-hating Walrus as our ambassador there. Check it out.

Speaking of embarrassing situations, how about what the First Lady said about the tragic situation in Burma?
US First Lady Laura Bush accused Myanmar's military rulers Monday of failing to warn their citizens in time about a killer cyclone and pressed the junta to accept US aid in the disaster's wake. "Although they were aware of the threat, Burma's state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm's path," Bush said in an unusual appearance at the White House briefing room podium.

Yes, what kind of despotic, incompetent government would stand by while thousands of their citizens died in a natural disaster? They'd have to be real sociopaths.

I agree that Myanmar has a horrible government but maybe now isn't the best time for a lecture, Laura. Our government is so concerned about the situation there that they initially offered $250,000, or about $20,000 more than we spend PER MINUTE in Iraq. Since then we've upped it to $3 million (which would buy about 13 minutes in Iraq!). I'm sure they can buy some abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum with it or something.

Never fear though, the last part of Laura's press conference was spent on her daughter's wedding. Gotta focus on what's important.

Well, we've got one more jaw-dropping piece of news. The Pentagon released a $5 billion development plan for Baghdad's fortified Green Zone including a golf course and country club called "Tigris Woods", luxury hotels, even a skateboard park! Hey, that's freaking great. Watch out for the mortar crater over by that sand trap, George!

But, seriously, what can you even say about that? Tens of thousands dead and still dying five years after they declared "Mission Accomplished" and the best plan they've come up with yet is the one for the luxury hotels. So, what are the Iraqis saying about our wonderful gift of American-style capitalism?
"What do I care?" shrugged one, Ahmed Hussein. "I don't have electricity, I don't have fresh water and I don't have a job."

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