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A President who's been left behind

Reader comment on item: Bush's Middle East Hopes [and His Failures]

Submitted by Roy Weinberg (United States), Jan 20, 2008 at 11:49

It's too bad that the "No Child left Behind Act" didn't exist when George W. Bush attended elementary school. Then maybe he would've had a better grasp of history by studying a document called the Balfour Declaration which the British (then in control of what is now Israel and Jordan) issued in 1917 for the establishment of a Jewish state on land what was known then as "Palestine".

Bush would've learned that there was never an indigenous people known as the Palestinians who could claim that land as their own through several millenia of occupation. Furthermore, if Bush bothered to read his bible (his is, according to has ardent supporters an evangelical) he'd have realized that the land was promised only to the Jews and to no one else by God in the ancient times. But evidently, we have a president who is either ignorant of history because he doesn't know how to read or who has bought into the popular unbiblical canard that the Church has replaced Israel.

Either way, Bush's middle east policy, as his presidency, will probably go down as one of the biggest train wrecks in American history since the lamentable Carter administration. And, to add insult to injury, he then attempted to use his warped middle east diplomacy as a bargaining chip with the Saudis to give him a price break on the abundant oil we buy from them. No dummies, the Saudis saw the transparency in that and flatly refused him. When one of the Saudis biggest customers gets bum-rushed, then you know how little respect they have for him.

Sadly, as a result of his regrettable presidency, Bush's party will probably get bum-rushed in November, as well.

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