Carol Platt Liebau: Blunt Talk

Monday, July 17, 2006

Blunt Talk

In remarks that were unexpectedly picked up by a microphone, President Bush hit the nail on the head, bluntly noting that, for the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to stop, all that needs to happen is for a country with some influence with Syria (hello, France?) to instruct it to tell its buddy Hezbollah to knock it off. (In doing so, he used some "colorful language" that has some reporters all atwitter for some inexplicable reason).

The fact is that President Bush was right. Everyone knows what needs to happen for the conflict to cease. The problem is that the UN is impotent and, it seems, many of the other countries find it easier to simply condemn Israel than to take any constructive steps actually to stop the violence.


Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Bush is supposedly a Christian and a statesman. The reason some are "atwitter" about his colorful language is because it belies both assumptions. Bush went on to further reveal what he really thinks of summits and diplomacy when he spoke to an aide about how, “I’m just going to make it up, right here — I’m not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them,” referring to his upcoming turn at the microphone.

He was then overheard ruminating on how anxious he was to go home. Ah, I feel so much better about Our Great Leader's priorities.

8:38 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Clinton was supposedly a Christian. Hmm...he had some queer priorities...

8:59 AM  
Blogger suek said...

Recognizing reality is a good thing...

9:17 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

suek posts a link to an article about Muslim Jew-hatred yet she thinks an "appealing" solution to the problem is to relocate Israeli's to the Mexican-American border...

"Someone on talk radio the other day suggested that we convince the Jews to leave Israel, and we give them land along the Mexican border. I know...ridiculous, but appealing. We know that they can deal with the desert, we know that they know how to defend a border, and we know they know how to build a fence. They get land that isn't constantly under fire - except for the Mexican incursions, which will be a cake walk after Hezbollah and Hamas - and we get border security. Win-win.
We could wish!"

Like the old joke says, in Heaven the British are the comedians, the French the lovers, and the Germans the mechanics. In Hell, the British are the lovers, the French the mechanics, and the Germans the comedians.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I expected more from a president.

Yo, Yo, Yo, Blair. "They better stop the sh*t".

5:42 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Some people are soooo much
more righteous than others!

7:46 PM  
Blogger amber said...

I do not recal any commandments against profananity. I swear, and I do not feel judged by it. Now, if he had taken the Lord's name in vain, I would probably be writing him a letter right now, but nothing he said was offensive to me. Think of what he could have said, think of what you all say when you think no one is listenning, think of what would happen if you had to wear some of your insulting and profane posts on a T-shirt for the world to see.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Amber, well said. It seems
to me that many of those who are "shocked," probably
use the same language and

8:36 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

I see the "supposedly Christian" remark a lot, by the self righteous left who think we are not human and can't get hot under the collar on occassion. Wake up, socialists - we stand for principles, but do make mistakes.

It's not like we are standing with our finger in the wind to determine which direction to lean next, like those on the left do.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I agree with Amber. I don't think Bush "made a mistake". What's wrong with saying what he said? Nothing.

In fact, it is likely to actually help him like it did when he was overheard during a campaign stop calling someone an a--hole. People get a glimpse of the "real" man.

If what he says makes sense, most people don't mind the common language.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Interestingly the right do not have a problem with the president displaying two most common signs of retardation.

* having trouble speaking,
* having trouble understanding social rules,

12:07 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Now THAT'S mean spirited!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

In fairness, using course language is indeed unChristian. And as George wasn't a devout Christian until later in his life, to remove all vestiges from one's past, particularly reigning in foul words, is harder than quitting smoking. About 20 yrs ago, I decided to stop using God's name in vain. To this day, it still tries to leap from my lips.

But the point here is not Bush using such language in a private conversation, it's the attempts of lefties to throw Christianity in another's face when that other is acting less than Christ-like. It's another lame attempt by the left to disparage someone on the right. Bush is a Christian, he's not Christ. Christ does not expect him to be. And he can also be forgiven for not enjoying every freakin' meeting he's required to attend. And duke and ditto can judge all they want when they've achieved the perfection in themselves that they demand out of the president for whom they have an irrational hatred.

9:35 PM  

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