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July 14, 2008

Irrelevant

Irrelevant is what Bush seems to be now in international politics. This is certainly evident in the Middle East. The 'new middle east' Condi Rice announced is not happening the way she and her man envisioned it.

The tactic of isolation of any perceived enemy Bush used and also demanded U.S. allies to use has completely broken down.

Instead of isolation there are talks, many of those, and the U.S. simply gets ignored in these.

  • With the help of Qatar the Lebanese formed a government in which Hizbullah and its allies have a veto. Bush has tried for nearly two years to prevent this.
  • Syrian President Bashar Assad got a warm welcome in France and there is no longer talk of sanctions against Syria.
  • Egypt helped to negotiate a truce between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza strip.
  • Germany is facilitating negotiations between Hizbullah and Israel.
  • Turkey mediates talks between Israel and Syria.
  • In Iraq the long term status of force agreement Bush demanded will not happen. Instead the Iraqis have increased  their demands and want the green zone walls gone by the end of the year and U.S. troops to leave their cities.
  • In Pakistan Bush's man Musharraf is powerless and likely to get impeached.
  • In Afghanistan president Karzai has spoken out against U.S. attacks on Iran from Afghan soil.
  • Kuwait, with several thousand U.S. troops on its ground, openly criticizes Bush's policy towards Iran.

The next few month in the oval office will be lonely. Let us hope that a bored and irrelevant Bush does not come up with any mischievous ideas. 

Posted by b on July 14, 2008 at 16:52 UTC | Permalink

Comments

Instead the Iraqis have increased their demands and want the green zone walls gone by the end of the year

best news i've heard today

another excellent post b.

Posted by: annie | Jul 14 2008 17:25 utc | 1


Vietnam to build third oil refinery

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jul 14 2008 18:21 utc | 2

Mush is not Bush's man in pakistan. He belongs to the pakistan army, and they do know how to take care of their own interests, e.g they were successful in making the bomb despite all those sanctions etc.

Secondly Mush is _not_ likely to get impeached. The current US pressure on Pakistan is in-fact making him stronger. The current political setup is soon to be history especially if this pressure keeps up.

In fact there is a big chance they the US may soon loose pakistan as an ally, if they continues along this pattern of making themselves more irrelevant.

Posted by: a | Jul 14 2008 19:50 utc | 3

Let us hope that a bored and irrelevant Bush does not come up with any mischievous ideas.

Let us hope that a bored and irrelevant Bush does not come up with any more mischievous ideas.

There, fixed that for you.

Posted by: IntelVet | Jul 14 2008 20:55 utc | 4

EU is making nice with ME, before IL:US nukes IR, unleashing oil shock & awe HELL,
on top of the $7T Fannie:Freddie bailout, with 50% Fed administrative overhead for
a $10T deficit principal, paid down for all eternity at $2T a year usury interest,
or your basic doubling of taxes and doubling of food-energy, which
is NeoZi.con's bridge from 2008 to 2012, if they can't impeach Obama beforehand.

Meanwhile, Raytheon just booked $194M ROI from your income taxes you'll never see,
while a growing plume of contamination from the Raytheon property poses 'no health concerns' and a 'one-in-a-million excess cancer risk'. Your taxes will clean it up.

Alles ist inordnung in the NeoZi.con Corporate-State!

Posted by: Jorg Luchnas | Jul 15 2008 6:40 utc | 5

Good list, though the French Army and other was real pissed off with Assad’s presence in the VIP tribune, Syria is held responsible for the Drakkar massacre, 1983, Lebanon, 58 F soldiers died. That his sexy wife, a banker at Morgan Stanley, according to French press, swivelled around, was no help.

14 july (national day in France.)

Most marched with absolutely closed faces and showed in their salutes it was all pro forma.

Before the Grand Parade of military power, many ppl were arrested, right on the spot, in the morning. Hauled off in po-lice vehicles. Reporters from Sans Frontières and the like. Of course they are released later, it is cat and mouse.

Sarkozy, like Blair, and now Brown, and Bush, despise and reject the military. Sarkozy called the army “incompetent” and more about the Carcassone incident. Feelings have run very high.

They use the army as tools (and the French are very active in various places, Afgh, Africa, etc.) but are dead scared of vets - they come home, are effed up, and know how to use arms, so they have to be kept down.

Posted by: Tangerine | Jul 15 2008 17:43 utc | 6

Most marched with absolutely closed faces and showed in their salutes it was all pro forma.

I didn't watch the 14th July parade myself, not my style. However all the French people I talked to about it were very happy. 47 heads of state present, they said. Showed the role of France. Even anti-Sarkozy people approved. I haven't heard of anti-Asad mutterings. Where did you get it from, Tangerine?

Posted by: alex | Jul 15 2008 18:51 utc | 7

a parenthesis, robert menard is certainly an 'agent of influence' of u s intelligence & his organisation reporters without borders, is like many organisations before it, a cia front

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jul 15 2008 18:57 utc | 8

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