Somebody’s gonna have to explain this one to me. At staggering cost in blood and treasure, really mortgaging our economic future, we are engaged in what the President calls a Global War on Terrorism. At least, that’s the way it looks if you buy Bush’s story that the war in Iraq is central to this GWOT.
We’re burying American soldiers daily, racking up a stratospheric budget deficit, and drawing sharp criticism even from our closest additional allies in order – we suppose—to win the hearts and minds of a billion Muslims.
Yet, when an historic catastrophe, one of truly biblical proportions, strikes the biggest Islamic nation on earth (Indonesia), the leader of the richest and most powerful country has nothing substantial to say for 72 hours?
Bush finally emerged from underneath his Crawford, Texas wood pile earlier today to express his platitudinous condolences. His hired toadies scurried to tell the press that the yawning, three-day delay can be explained this way: it took the President that long to comprehend the scope of the disaster.
I hope this is BS. Because if it’s true, then our President is immeasurably dumb. All of us knew instantly, as soon as the news of the Asian tsunamis poured over us Sunday morning, that tens of thousands were dead and that a half-dozen countries had been devastated. I have to assume that Bush – or someone on his staff—could have figured that much out.
So…one thing we know. What a striking moment of monumental political ineptitude and downright stupidity by a U.S. administration that could not find a simple voice of compassion and human solidarity in the wake of such massive human disaster. What a missed opportunity to offer an American face to the Muslim world other than a Marine in greasepaint.
What we don’t know is why such knuckle-headedness from the White House. Surely, the supporters of the President don’t want us to believe he really didn’t “comprehend” what it meant to have a 30 foot wave wash over tens of thousands of families. Then again, his Poppy was voted out of office because he didn’t know what to make of a supermarket scanner.