Friday, June 25, 2004

Why aren't you complimenting my new suit?

From the same White House Briefing article - a description of a testy President and his Irish TV interview:

When Coleman said most Irish people thought the world was more dangerous today than before the Iraq invasion, Bush disagreed and responded, 'What was it like Sept. 11th, 2001?

What? Because today isn't like 9/11 we're safer? There's about one thousand ways to dissect that statement. For starters, frankly, on 9/11, I was perfectly fine - physically anyway - as were most Americans. At any given moment now, I could become unfine. I don't think Bush's actions have fixed that unfortunate possibility one bit. And I believe that's what the Irish reporter was getting at. Sure, any day we're not being attacked is a great day. But - well - what the hell is the comfort in that?

Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Coleman: "The world is a more dangerous place today."

Bush: "Why do you say that? . . . "

Coleman: "I think there is a feeling that the world has become a more dangerous place because you have taken the focus off Al Qaeda and diverted into Iraq. Do you not see that the world is a more dangerous place? I saw four of your soldiers lying dead, on the television, the other day. . . . "

Bush: "You know, listen, nobody cares more about the death than I do.

Coleman: "Is there a point at which --

Bush: "Let me finish. Please, please, let me finish, then you can follow up, if you don't mind. Nobody cares more about the deaths than I do. I care about it a lot. But I do believe that the world is a safer place, and becoming a safer place. . . .

"People join terrorist organizations because there's no hope and there's no chance to raise their families in a peaceful world where there is not freedom . . . so the idea is to promote freedom and at the same time protect our security."

If you scroll down to this text in the article, you can watch the interview video and the report prefacing it explaining how much "Europe hates Bush, the 'Toxic Texan.'"

I want my damn country back now, please. You've messed it up enough. Put it down and let someone else try to fix it for real now.

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