WASHINGTON — Former president George W. Bush scrapped plans to address a summit of young leaders and business executives this weekend because Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would also speak to the group, his office said Friday.
"The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States," his spokesman said in a statement.
Far be it from me to contrast the relative amount of '...harm to the interests of the United States' performed by either of these fellows - for that, we have the incomparably succinct emptywheel.
That being said, don't let that nasty Australian barebacker frighten you, Georgy boy - his lusty convict bloodline is no match for your fine breeding. You go on in there with those noted oratorical skills and tell him all about the price of freedom...or oil...or even...
Apologies for my dilatory contribution to the piled-on swarm of the sentient upon this virtual shanty-dweller - The siren song of RL and all that - but late as it were here I am, and frankly I remain gobstruck that willful pig-ignorance is so easily maintainable in the public eye...save as a vote getting stratagem proffered by the cynical toward the gullible, of course.
Now, now, Bill-O - Have you heard that old saw about 'when you're in a hole, quit digging, chucklenut'...? Oh, wait:
"Why the Sun comes up and goes down"...? What a peculiarly medieval mindset this double-stuffed bloviator proffers, and what a charming mirror of his bundle-of-contradictions constituency he remains.
Why a world-renowned physicist would deign to explain remedial 6th grade science - without (snicker*chortle) interruption (guffaw*teehee) - in an environment where long technical explanations delivered via voice synthesizer are as welcome as a Kayne West video - Methinks the deity herself might be challenged to clarify that conundrum in a fashion that even a FOX set of chattering teeth might comprehend without needing a strategically placed drool cup.
That said, no doubt a suitable barber could be found for performing a mild degree of trepanning to 'let the sunshine in'...and the whiskey fumes out.
Rumsfeld was also critical of Powell's successor, Condoleezza Rice, for her lack of experience in government. "She'd never served in a senior administration position," he said. "She'd been an academic. And, you know, a lot of academics like to have meetings. And they like to bridge differences and get people all to be happy."
Of course, this isn't the first time that der Donald has shared his smoldering contempt for the touchy-feelie frilly undie-wearing world of foreign policy process - after all, why bother to find a committee-driven consensus toward resolving an international issue when one can just drop a daisy cutter on the problem and build a truck plaza upon the smoking crater, amirite?
Diplomacy is icky girlie stuff, and real manly men don't do such unknown unknowns...No fog of war looming around here, no sir.