Speaking just 150 miles across the Persian Gulf from Iran, Bush said the Islamic Republic “sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world, while its own people face repression and economic hardship at home.”
I know, huh? He was talking about Iran, not Saudi Arabia. Does he know about Saudi Arabia?
This is funny:
He avoided mentioning Egypt, his final stop on a six-nation Middle East trip, despite its long record of human rights abuses, limited political rights and economic disparity. Nor did he cite other nations across the region with similarly troubled histories.
You have to give President Bush credit, he can pander to his religious base at the same time he’s pandering to those who follow a whole different religion:
Using the language of a middle-school civics lesson,Bush proclaimed a “new era,” which he said was “founded on the equality of all people before God.”
And yet, he still didn’t do too well.
There was no applause during the speech; at the end, the audience applauded with restraint, and stood as he left the stage.
It’s likely that the audience remembers President Bush’s reaction when democracy was practiced in the Palestinian territories and Hamas won the election.
From this other article at Yahoo news:
“America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies. We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people.”
Except in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and any other countries where our interests lie with the status quo.