Posts Tagged ‘Bush’
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 23:27:20 GMT
Shoes thrown by protesters outside the White House in Washington
President Bush’s last day in office faced with anti-war protesters, hurling shoes outside the gates of the White House to express their anger.
About 500 people marched to the White House on Monday and threw about 40 pairs of shoes at the gate.
Why the public spat? There must be deeper rumblings inside…. Inside the washington Israel nexus … or it is considered a meaningless red herring to disguise other war plans: Lebanon, Iran …
First Juancole’s quote on the subject, fuller text at end of post:
As Daniel Levy, who had been a Labor Party adviser on peace negotiations, told The Los Angeles Times’s Paul Richter:
‘ This is terrible for the United States . . . This confirms every assumption they have in the Arab world about the tail wagging the dog. . . . It’s a story you’re likely to hear quoted there for years to come.” Levy also accused Olmert of “unparalleled arrogance.”. . .”There are some things you don’t say, even in Ashkelon, even in Hebrew . . . ”
Olmert hits back in spat with U.S. over remarks on UN Gaza truce vote
Ehud Olmert’s bureau maintained on Wednesday that the outgoing prime minister had correctly described moves that led to a United Nations resolution on a truce in Gaza, despite a United States rejection of his account, Israel Radio reported.
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday flatly rejected Olmert’s assertion Monday that he had convinced the Bush administration to abstain from last week’s resolution calling for an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas in the coastal strip.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also denied that the abstention embarrassed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
McCormack said the comments attributed to Olmert “are wholly inaccurate as to describing the situation, just 100-percent, totally, completely not true” and suggested that the Israeli government might want to clarify or correct the record.
Olmert said Monday that Rice had been embarrassed by orders from President George W. Bush to abstain from voting on the cease-fire resolution that she was negotiating. Olmert said he had called Bush – and interrupted him at an event in Philadelphia – to ensure the United States did not vote for it. Source
There have been many headlines in the last days saying that Olmert told Bush how to vote, it was an extraordinary admission.
Here is the excerpt
Mr Olmert made it clear that Israel would find it completely unacceptable for the United States to vote in favour of a resolution that Israel opposed.
“In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour,” Olmert said.
“I said ‘get me President Bush on the phone’. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. ‘I need to talk to him now’. He got off the podium and spoke to me.
“I told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour,” AFP reported.
Whether it was Mr Olmert’s intention to indicate that the government of Israel dictates US policy, or whether he was reminiscing about the special relationship he has enjoyed with Mr Bush, or whether he was signalling to the president-elect Obama Israel’s expectations for the future, was unclear.
An editorial in The Jerusalem Post with the headline “Israel goes it alone,” clearly expressed Israel’s current disdain for international opinion.
Dick Cheney shows that he doesn’t care about war, torture, us, the truth – or George Bush – Guardian
Dick Cheney’s brazen ABC interview shows that he doesn’t care about war, torture, the truth – or even George Bush
Unlike Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at Bush on Sunday, Cheney scored a direct hit. And thus we learned that not only does Cheney not care about war, torture or the truth, he also holds the president in pretty much the same low regard as the rest of us.
There was something weird and creepy about Cheney’s interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl. In a video clip ABC posted on its website in which Cheney defends torture on familiar grounds (that is, torture isn’t torture if he says it isn’t torture), Karl looks nervous and uncomfortable, as though he expects hooded men to burst in at any moment and drag him off to the waterboarding chamber.