English better than most Americans,” he said.

Jesus wept. Did he actually say that?

It's disgusting that he's in such a hurry to kiss Saudi asses that he's prepared to denigrate his countrymen to do it.

"Fuck you" indeed.

Posted by: Jason at August 27, 2002 09:40 PM

I'm not much of a Maureen Dowd fan but today's piece hits the Saudi nail right on the head: "I'm With Dick! Let's Make War!"

It was embarrassing yesterday, given President Bush's swagger on Iraq, to watch him fawn over the Saudis. At lunch at his ranch he entertained Prince Bandar, the man who got private planes to spirit Osama bin Laden's relatives out of the U.S. after the attacks. Mr. Bush also called Crown Prince Abdullah yesterday to assure him of the "eternal friendship" between their countries and to soothe hurt Saudi feelings over a lawsuit filed by 9/11 victims charging Saudi support of terrorism.

Posted by: Mike at August 28, 2002 12:45 AM

"Typical of government officials to play by Saudi rules when the two sides meet."

I don't like coddling the Saudis either, but couldn't this just be seen as us upholding our end of the guest-host relationship?

Posted by: Eddie at August 28, 2002 07:18 AM

It could, if when American envoys visit Saudi Arabia, they and their hosts face questioning by a free domestic press before and after their meetings.

It's ironic that the right, here in the person of Bush, has bought into the one of the worst vices of the multiculti left by showing respect for other cultures without demanding reciprocity.

Posted by: Jason at August 28, 2002 09:19 AM

If the Bush Administration kissed any more Saudi ass, even Hustler wouldn't
publish the pictures.

Posted by: Jim O'Grady at August 29, 2002 04:02 PM
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