Bush Tells The O.C. That He Was Diplomatic To The Max
Posted on April 25, 2006President Bush spoke today to business leaders in Orange County, Califoria and managed to thoroughly confuse everyone present. Bush said he tried to avoid war with Iraq "diplomatically to the max" and said he would use the same troop level again if given a second chance.
Bush also said, "I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true. One, I believe there's an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody's soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free. I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other."
What in the world is he talking about? Democracies don't go to war with each other? That news comes a bit of surprise to England, France, Mexico, the United States, Croatia and Yugoslavia, just to name a few democratic countries who at various times in history fought wars with other democracies. This is all part of the "forcibly spreading American ideas of democracy across the Middle East whether they want it or not" meme, which as far as I can tell isn't exactly going so well. (Just ask the Sunnis or the Kurds.)
Was the reason for stating that he tried avoid war with Iraq "diplomatically to the max" that he was in the O.C. and thought he'd try some Valley-speak? If so, it didn't work. The more he talks, the lower his poll numbers drop. Today, his approval is at 32% and still falling.