Thursday, January 05, 2006


The Bush Administration is terrible at pretending to be interested. On Thursday the president, the veep, and the secretaries of state and defense met with 13 former secretaries of state and defense. It was the president's way of reaching out beyond his circle of sycophants, according to White House officials.

Here's how it really went down, according to the New York Times:
•Bush "allowed 5 to 10 minutes this morning for interchange with the group."

•He then led the group into the Oval Office for a "family picture" -- the president's words.

•End of "bipartisan consultation."
The entire meeting lasted about 40 minutes and was "exceedingly upbeat," according to the Times. But Colin Powell was silent throughout. And Madeleine Albright questioned whether the Bush Administration had allowed Iran and North Korea to build nukes because its eye was too fixed on the war in Iraq. The answer?
"I can't let this comment stand," Mr. Bush shot back, telling Ms. Albright and the rare assembly of her colleagues, who reached back to the Kennedy White House, that his administration "can do more than one thing at a time."
Bush said the U.S. had "the best relations of any country with Japan, China and Korea." He would have said more, but of course he had to leave, as did Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

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