Bush's Mideast legacy - shoes
Robert Scheer, Creators Syndicate, Inc.
They hate us for our shoes. Somewhere in what passes for the deeper
regions of President Bush's mind might come that reassuring giggle of a
thought as he once again rationalizes away Iraqi ingratitude for the
benevolence he has bestowed upon them. Ever at peace with himself, despite
many obvious reasons not to be, Bush quipped, "I didn't know what the guy
said but I saw his sole." But the lame jokes no longer work.
The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout
the Mideast, and his words to the president - "this is the farewell kiss,
you dog" - will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush's
folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on
terror. That and the shoe-thrower's devastating follow-up as he threw his
second shoe, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were
killed in Iraq," a reminder that we have used much deadlier force than a
shoe in the shock-and-awe invasion once celebrated in the American media
as a means of building respect for democracy.
This was more than a presidential photo-op gone wildly awry.( Collapse )