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Who’s in charge?

Posted by schroeder915 on April 11, 2006

George W. Bush displayed his complete ignorance and incompetence as the President of the United States when, at a Q&A on Monday, he blundered through a totally unsatisfactory bullshit response to a critical question on torture under private contractors — a question for which he should already have a ready response (full transcript/full video/audio clip).

Q Thank you, Mr. President. It’s an honor to have you here. I’m a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.

THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)

Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against — over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn’t kidding — (laughter.) I was going to — I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I’ve got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation — I don’t mean to be dodging the question, although it’s kind of convenient in this case, but never — (laughter.) I really will — I’m going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That’s how I work. I’m — thanks. (Laughter.)

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3 Responses to “Who’s in charge?”

  1. Man, if I answered questions like that in high school, I wouldn’t have graduated. But I probably would have had a better chance of becoming president.

  2. Tara said

    Is “worst. president. ever.” even applicable anymore? What is beyond “worst”? This is truly sickening–not only because it, once again, shows his ineptitude and ignorance, but also because it shows a total lack of respect for the university student and college level learning. About the only things this jackass president excelled at in college probably were fraternity hazings and beer drinking.

    Schroeder, I think you know this blog: http://www.first-draft.com — someone named Scout Prime? They have cool little “beads for Bush” project they are working on — sending Mardi Gras beads to the WHite House with a letter/note about appropriating proper funds for the levees. I thought it seemed like a good symbolic gesture (and, well, at this point, anything that keeps attention focused on these issues must be a good thing, right?). I haven’t seen you mention it and just wanted to make you aware in case, by some strange chance, it was not on your radar.

    Be well-
    Tara

  3. Schroeder said

    Thanks for the heads up Tara.

    I am aware — I just haven’t stopped to put together my bead package, which, when complete, I was going to post the photo and link to beads for Bush.

    Let’s see … hmm … do I send my prized Krewe du Vieux beads from last year which have a naked couple dangling from them … perhaps posing in a manner which might cause a president’s impeachment?

    Do you remember how indignant Bush would get in 2000 when he was stumping about how he was going to restore “respect” to the White House?

    Yeah, right!

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