Planned This Debacle?
June 20, 2001
by Ken Alford
If we are to believe the pundits and the apologists, this
was a rather successful trip for the new pResident. The truth
is, it was a foreign debacle. Although Vladimir cautioned
Dubya about unilaterally deploying a space defense program,
their meeting was still described as cordial and successful.
After all, he was not "mooned" by 2000 protesters and no one
threw any more rocks at him... and no policemen were injured
or protesters shot. He did not have to slide through any more
Before his trip, the Europeans thought of Mr. Bush as an
ignorant, arrogant, right-wing cowboy. After his trip, all
their suspicions have been confirmed. One must wonder, who
were the "geniuses" that planned this disaster of a trip?
Not only has the pResident lost stature in Europe, but he
lost a lot of political capital and support here at home.
About the only support he has now seems to be coming from
the "freepers" and the "lucianne rumor mongers". One can only
imagine the bloodbath in the Republican Party if his poll
numbers do not go back up or if the Republicans lose the House
in next year's election. They simply do not have the desire
or the capacity to unite - it is not in their character. They
will look for someone to blame.
So, what does he do now? Does he circle the wagons and defend
Rove, O'Neil and the rest of the "honor and integrity" in
this White House? Or does he continue on his right-wing jihad?
Some would guess that he would have to veto a bill - perhaps
the patients bill of rights - in order to show the country
and his supporters that he is still in control of the agenda.
They are in a state of denial - even though the mainstream
press is trying to keep the life-support system working. The
trip to Europe was just another nail in the coffin. We can
only imagine what kind of reception he would have gotten if
he had visited Germany, France, and Britain?
Of course, his poll numbers were dropping before he went
on his little trip across the pond. His foreign policy experts
told him that foreign trips always bring your "numbers" up.
Oh, but they never look at poll numbers. Yessiree! It's good
that the "adults are back in charge."