With all the tensions in the Middle East, leave it to our President to have a little blunder that at least gives us some humor:
President Bush, not realizing his remarks were being picked up by a microphone, bluntly expressed his frustration with the actions of Hezbollah, a militant Islamic group believed backed by Iran and Syria that is engaged in escalating warfare with Israel.
"See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over," Bush told Blair in a discussion before the Group of Eight leaders began their lunch.
Bush also suggested that Annan call Syrian President Bashar Assad to "make something happen."
Hopefully someone has the actual audio of this to play, though the only expletive I can think of that would fit in there is "shit".
Now the serious part of this lies in Bush wanting to pass the buck to Annan on getting action stopped. Our administration has been relatively docile on the recent conflict. Former administrations would have already had an envoy in the region trying to calm things down.
here are rumors that Bush may send his father and Bill Clinton over there to help mediate things. Amazing how he must turn to that duo every time. I believe Clinton would be just as effective, if not more without Bush Sr. We are dealing with the part of the Arab world that is not to thrilled about Bushs as it is.
Every hour that goes by, this conflict gets more intense and the risk of Syria and Iran getting involved is even greater. Once that does happen, then the entire Middle East is in a war and the ramifications of that will be a shock around the world. We really need to get this situation under control fast. The more we sit and wait, the worse it will get.