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Bush: Stop Doing this Shit

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In a piece of foreign policy analysis worthy of our own Bird, Bush and Blair were caught out by the old “turned on microphone” trick, discussing the growing crisis in the Middle East:

“I think Condi (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) is going to go (to the Middle East) pretty soon,” Bush said.

Blair replied: “Right, that’s all that matters, it will take some time to get that together”.

Blair added: “See, if she (Rice) goes out she’s got to succeed as it were, where as I can just go out and talk”.

Bush replied: “See, the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over”.

Blair eventually noticed the microphone and hastily switched it off but not before the conversation had reached news media.

When Bush learned the microphones were on, he asked what he had said, and after being shown a transcript “he rolled his eyes and laughed,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said aboard Air Force One returning to Washington.

It’s not wrong, because Syria should stop funding Hezbollah. Israel should also stop bombing Beirut, the Palestinians should stop sending suicide bombers, and everyone should just hold hands, be friends and stop the madness. It’s not the what which is the trouble, it’s the how.

Edit: The BBC has posted a full transcript, and a video (for the very keen). If nothing else, it’s amusing watching Bush talk with his mouth full.

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Written by Admin

July 18, 2006 at 12:37 pm

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