This news item gives one pause, doesn't it? Saudi Arabia's crown prince Abdullah is the unelected ruler of an Islamist state — a brutal place that laughs at human rights and notions of individual freedom. It's also the very same country that somehow produced fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers without the U.S. ever holding it to account. And yet, Bush is so enamored of the royal dictator that he conveniently forgets every syllable of his own freedom-promotin' State of the Union address. The hooker-in-chief instead holds hand with the Middle Eastern strongman during a high-stakes man-date, and kisses him on both cheeks for good measure, in an effort to lower the price of OPEC's oil. Interesting.
I got to thinking: If Bush is holding hands with the crown prince now, with gas costing about $2.25 a gallon at the pump, how will he treat his fellow statesman next year if we've passed the three-dollar mark? Holding hands isn't going to cut it. So I wonder if we might read something along these lines in the paper:
WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2006 — President Bush, massaging his jaw, announced at a press briefing today that during a behind-closed-doors meeting with Saudi Arabia's ruler Crown Prince Abdullah, he had made "a persuasive argument" for lower oil prices. "I love that guy, and I'm not afraid to admit it," said the president. "I affirmed my respect for him and his great country first by playing footsie with him under the conference table. We just took it from there." Bush said that he recounted to the Crown Prince "that time I choked on a pretzel," and that he playfully asked his guest if he would like a demonstration. The president declined to elaborate but added, "Whew, lemmetellya, it sure does get hot under those Arabic robes after a while."