Daily Kos: NYT's Dowd: W. Dancing in the Dark

Dowd points out how the "once disciplined and swaggering Bush administration has descended into slapstick. In one of the many hypocrisies of W.'s sudden rebirth as an energy conservationist, Dowd notes all the gas that is wasted on his many "inane photo-ops" to the Gulf Coast:

He set a fine example by wasting gazillions of gallons of fuel with all the planes and Secret Service vans and press motorcades and police escorts that follow him around every time he goes on one of his inane photo-ops from the Colorado bunker to what's left of the Mississippi Delta and the Bayou. He did his part by knocking off a few cars from his motorcade on his seventh trip to the gulf yesterday -- but if residents had hoped he'd bring them some water, they went thirsty.

(By the way, Dowd notes that Air Force One costs $83,200 to fill up and more than $6,000 per hour to fly.)

Dowd goes on to blast "Bush nanny" Karen Hughes for all the fuel she's wasted flying around for her photo-op Middle East tour, while displaying an appalling lack of understanding of the region:

Karen Hughes, the Bush nanny who knows nothing about the Muslim world and yet is charged with selling the U.S. to it, wasted even more fuel this week flying to Saudi Arabia to tell women covered from head to toe in black how much she likes driving even though they can't.

She knows so little about the Middle East that she looked taken aback when some Saudi women told her that just because they could not vote or drive did not mean that they felt they were treated unfairly.

One thing Saudi women like even less than not having certain rights is to have hypocritical Americans patronize them.

Dowd then calls Bushco to task for its use of women's rights in the Middle East for PR purposes while not really doing anything to improve the situation. Few if any journalists have had the courage to point out this disgusting Bushco spin strategy, so I'm glad that Dowd is doing it. Summing up many Saudi women's views of Bushco, Dowd notes that:

They feel that the Bushes play up the repression of women in the Middle East when it suits their desire to bang the war drums, but do not care what happens to women once the ideological agenda has been achieved.

They feel the administration and the American media have emphasized the repression of Saudi women post-9/11 as a way to demonize Saudi Arabia and paint Saudi men as bullies and terrorists.

And the money line:

W. doesn't really need to worry about turning down the lights in the White House. The place is already totally in the dark.

Daily Kos: NYT's Dowd: W. Dancing in the Dark


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