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Sunday, May 21, 2006

 

Distant Thunder - Fury on the Right


G.W. Bush and Conservatives * Saudi Arabia and "Unbelievers"


When all is said and done what are the conservative Republicans going to do about their dissatisfaction with President Bush and his policies? The honeymoon lasted a long time but seems to be over. Richard Viguerie writes about Bush's Base Betrayal. Bush and his handlers are doing what they have always done. Principle has nothing to do with it. It is to be seen whether the Republicans will, at the end, forgive Bush and come to the aid of the party. "Republicans were desperate to retake the White House, conservatives were desperate to get the Clinton liberals out and there was no direct heir to Reagan running for president. So most conservatives supported Bush as the strongest candidate -- some enthusiastically and some, like me, reluctantly. After the disastrous presidency of his father, our support for the son was a triumph of hope over experience."
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The Wahabi Kingdom Tries a Makeover of Text Books

It does not matter what the Saudis do---how backward the country is about women's rights and its treatment of those who do not practise Wahabism---it has vast reserves of oil and it enjoys a cozy relationship with the president and his father, former President George H.W. Bush. The Clinton Administration,too, did its best to remain friendly with the Saudis. Nina Shea in the Post: "Saudi Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis -- that was all supposed to change."


The Saudis might mount a PR blitz to polish up their image but don't expect meaningful reform.
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Comments:
A very insightful blog. It's too bad November is just a congressional election, George can still do a lot of damage.... and the GOP handlers will certainly mount a full "liberal-horror show" campaign on the base between now and 2008. Hopefully the Dems can wrest the party's voice from bull-horn liberal Kennedy to more moderate leaders.
 
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