Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I Mean What I Say, I Say What I Mean

Did I Really Say That?

Crooks & Liars provides a devastating juxtaposition of utterly contradictory Bush statements on the future of Kosovo independence blurted barely 20 hours apart :
Bush at a press conference on Saturday:

Q: And on the deadline [for Kosovo independence]?

Bush: In terms of the deadline, there needs to be one. This needs to come — this needs to happen. Now it’s time, in our judgment, to move the Ahtisaari plan. There’s been a series of delays. You might remember there was a moment when something was happening, and they said, no, we need a little more time to try to work through a U.N. Security Council resolution. And our view is that time is up.

Bush at a press conference on Sunday:

Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Yesterday you called for a deadline for U.N. action on Kosovo. When would you like that deadline set? And are you at all concerned that taking that type of a stance is going to further inflame U.S. relations with Russia? And is there any chance that you’re going to sign on to the Russian missile defense proposal?

Bush: Thanks. A couple of points on that. First of all, I don’t think I called for a deadline. I thought I said, time — I did? What exactly did I say? I said, “deadline”? Okay, yes, then I meant what I said.

At which point assembled reporters started laughing at him.

The reporters are a few steps behind most of the rest of the world. We all stopped laughing at Bush a year or two ago. Now most of us shake our heads in collective disbelief, and dismay.

Don't go holding your breath for an independent Kosovo anytime soon, dedicated Albanians.

Sounds like all those firms demands and promises made by Bush were mere propaganda designed to guarantee the president a "hero's welcome" during his seven hour Albania stopover.