Tuesday, July 18, 2006

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Ezra has a point on Bush and his remark about Syria

By John Amato on Bush

Bush-Blair-Syria.jpg Ezra says the press missed a golden opportunity to understand Bush’s real position on this crisis.

Video-WMP Video -QT (.42) This is the clip he is referring to..(The video is still loading on the server-give it 5 minutes)

Bush: What they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this shit, and it’s over…

Given the relative opacity of Bush’s thoughts on the situation, the frank discussion offered a fair amount of insight and a couple nuggets of news, including that he was going to send Condi to the region (or possibly the UN — but she’s going somewhere to deal with this), that he blamed neither Israel nor Lebanon for the violence, and that "the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over." That’s a big deal: Bush believes it within the Syrian government’s power to calm the conflict. Theoretically, that should have major implications for American diplomacy and, possibly, policy…read on

On Democracy Now, Amy Goodman has a discussion with As’ad AbuKhalil, a Lebanese professor of political science at California State University and Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. You can listen to the audio here

Juan Cole: It is a little window into the superficial, one-sided mind of the man, who has for six years been way out of his depth. I come away from it shaken and trembling


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