The Airing of Grievances
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Aid Grows Amid Remarks Over President's Absence
So says the title of a piece in today's Washington Post. Yet another illustration that Crazy Cozmo was way-ahead-of-the-curve on this one. The Post piece, however, has a much to do about nothing feel as the "remarks" it offers up are really not all that damning. Have a look for yourselves:
Some foreign policy specialists said Bush's actions and words both communicated a lack of urgency..."When that many human beings die -- at the hands of terrorists or nature -- you've got to show that this matters to you, that you care," said Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.In any event, as many AofGers have already expressed, it's nice to see the U.S. stepping up to the plate here; even if, so far, it's only to the tune of a few million more than Alex Rodriguez is compensated yearly to play baseball. To be fair though, from everything I've heard, it's crystal clear that the U.S., as Colin Powell said yesterday, "will do more."
[E]ven some administration officials familiar with relief efforts said they were surprised that Bush had not appeared personally to comment on the tsunami tragedy. "It's kind of freaky," a senior career official said.
As an aside, I noticed in the Post piece that the Red King's minions are taking Bill Clinton to task for calling for a coordinated relief effort. In a not-so-veiled shot at the Slick One, a White House official reportedly said, "Honestly, I swear, George's is much bigger than Bill's. 'Scuse me? Oh, how do I know? Er, the White House prefers to keep that information confidential." Seriously though, here's what the official said: "The president wanted to be fully briefed on our efforts. He didn't want to make a symbolic statement about 'We feel your pain.'" Well first, I would really appreciate hearing one sound reason why he would not. And second, considering that the president reportedly spent "part of yesterday clearing brush and bicycling," the overwhelming aroma of bullshit here is killing me.