Bush had a very busy day today. Topping his agenda was the financial crisis that is threatening to plunge the US into a recession, turning us into something worse than the socialist disaster that the GOP used as scarecrow when they deregulated everything from the economy to the way wars are planned.
With Bush and some members of The House effectively surrendering the economy to a struggling presidential campaign, we, who hail from the land of the cedars, were told the US and Lebanon have a lot in common. This claim came courtesy of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, last seen deregulating the free flow of weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
In remarks at the outset of the Oval Office meeting with President Michel Suleiman, Bush said he has watched carefully the public statements that Suleiman has made since taking office in May.
"Your statements impressed me and we're most impressed by the national dialogue that you're holding in an attempt to seek reconciliation," Bush said. "The United States is proud to stand by your side. Our mission is your mission: a country that is strong and capable, a country where people can make a peace."
Sitting beside Bush in the Oval Office, Suleiman said his country shares many U.S. values, including the promotion of liberty and the fight against terrorism. And he thanked Bush for his administration's support of the Lebanese government, particularly efforts to bolster the Lebanese army.
"There are so many things in common between the American people and the Lebanese people. We are here also to reaffirm our rights to have a prosperous Lebanon, a democratic Lebanon," Suleiman said. "Mr. President, we are also here to affirm the need to liberate all Lebanese territories and also to make it clear that the future of Palestinian refugees is in their homeland, not in Lebanon." (AP)
Bush obviously spoke too soon. I don't think he cares about Lebanon's "need" to liberate a farm that no one can tell for sure where it belongs. What is the point of coming all the way to the White House and, instead of asking for assistance in things that matter, you "affirm the need" to fight an endless war on behalf of Lebanese cattle? How is this a reflection of commonality between Lebanese and Americans? The way I see it, Lebanese politicians have proven that they want to keep Lebanese prisoners of a cause, that's become unfit even for livestock.
But then, today John McCain took us all prisoners of his campaign. This isn't to say that the actions of American and Lebanese politicians are comparable. For at least in America, politics are rooted in something a lot deeper and meaningful than pasture. But today, many Lebanese, Americans, and Lebanese Americans, felt trapped.