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Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Irony of Hypocrisy

Hosting peace talks in Annapolis seems like another photo op for BushCo.
Two thumbs up if any peaceful negotiations result between Israel and Palestine. They really need a break.
Talking SHOULD be the first step and if history has taught us anything then NOT to use a preemptive invasion and a hostile occupation as part of the process.
God knows they will stage a photo op with little or no regard for any accuracy based on their part.
IE.. Bush on the air craft carrier with a Mission Accomplished banner or Bush posing with kids before vetoing SCHIP or the Town Hall meetings with a carefully screened(approved) group of citizens to ask the tough questions.

These are the same people that up till now have pretty much ignored the use of diplomacy to deal with problems and conflicts. If the process that took us into Iraq isn't proof enough than I don't know what is.
I still remember the pictures of Rumsfeld (sent by Reagan as U.S. envoy) shaking hands with Saddam that concluded the sale of helicpoters (which he later used to gas the Kurds).

Once Bush declared "If you're not with us, then you're against us" and established an "Axis of Evil" diplomacy came to a screeching halt.
No diplomatic relations with Iran or Syria .
Iran offered help in the pursuit of Al Qaeda post 9/11 but the offer was ignored essentially because Douglas Feith, Rumsfeld, Cheney and the rest of the neocons had their sights set on taking over the entire Middle East.
Some quotes from Flynt Leverett, a career CIA analyst..
"The United States was about to mount a global war on terrorism with complete legitimacy from the United Nations," recalls Leverett, "and these states didn't want to get on the downside of it." Within weeks, Iran, Syria, Libya, and Sudan all approached the United States through various channels to offer their help in the fight against al-Qaeda. "The Iranians said we don't like al-Qaeda any better than you, and we have assets in Afghanistan that could be useful", Leverett recalls.

When referring to the Bush administration and their foreign policy, one quote comes to mind.
"Stupid is as stupid does."

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