Being American with a Straight Face

Tip of the hat to Mary at Tensegrities for not allowing me (and others) to miss Stephen Colbert and Jane Mayer dishing out a stinging satire on the (literally) torturous Bush administration as they discuss Mayer’s book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of how the War on Terror turned into a War on American Ideals.

It’s been hard to be an American with a straight face at times over the last eight years. Listening to/reading the Commander-in-Chief give Russia some what for over the Georgian war took some discipline to stifle the you’ve got to be kidding response. I don’t know how the press corps listened to it with a straight face.

Bush said that Russia, with its air, sea and land attacks in Georgia, had damaged its relations with the United States and other Western powers.

“Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century,” the president said. “Only Russia can decide whether it will now put itself back on the path of responsible nations or continue to pursue a policy that promises only confrontation and isolation.

“To begin repairing relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must respect the freedom of its neighbors,” Bush said.

I’d wonder how the President could say this with a straight face, but then I’ve been listening to him for almost eight years now.

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