Bush and Democracy
Asked about the clashes in Egypt
on Wednesday, President Bush said he continued to support the moves toward
freer presidential elections announced by President Hosni Mubarak. But
referring to the beatings of protesters, Mr. Bush said: "The idea of
people expressing themselves in opposition to the government and then
getting a beating is not - is not our view of how a democracy ought to
"But we don't mind it if you boil them to death," he
continued. "And we do
support torture if it brings freedom to some of the people, at least from our perspective," He added.
"And you see here, there's that new oil pipeline through Azerbaijeanee
and Something- istan...that pumping sound is the sound of democracy through
the tailpipes, people be damned, Yeeehaw!"
The "President" will be speaking
tomorrow at a Coalition to Mix Sewage with our Drinking Water conference
followed by a luncheon with several Pro-Life groups. Mr. Bush has also
invited members from Cut Down Our Forests Now! to the White House later in
the week where he'll be signing his "Forest-less Roads Act" which
will finally treat all national forests like parking lots. "The
'President' is a big Joni Mitchell fan," Scott McClellan explained at
a press conference yesterday. "He's such a big fan that we know
everyone she has met this week and what they are plotting."
Meanwhile, Senator Frist held up a paper
exclaiming, "I have a list of known books Mitchell has taken out of
the library and books written by people who are friends with the authors
who wrote these books. Believe me,
none of these folks will be flying anywhere this year." At this point,
Frist looked poignantly at Senator Ted Kennedy.
Russian With Love
Q: The former head of Russia's
oil company, Yukos, was sentenced to nine years in a prison camp today. Do
you think the Kremlin went after him because he was a political threat? Are
there any repercussions to U.S.-Russian relations as a result of this case?
THE PRESIDENT: I expressed my concerns about
the case to President Putin because, as I explained to him, here you're
innocent until proven guilty [unless you are a foreigner or if we happen to
pick you up anywhere in the world and we're suspicious], and it appeared to
us, or at least people in my administration, that it looked like he had
been judged guilty prior to having a fair trial [like all the folks in Guantanamo
Bay.] In other words, he was put in prison, and then was tried. [Say, why
do you suppose they didn't torture him?
I'm sure he would have confessed. ] I think what will be interesting
–– and so we've expressed our concerns about the system.
What will be interesting to see is whether
or not he appeals –– there's a –– I think we think
he is going to appeal [I'm interested because we don't even try them in our
system] –– and then, how the appeal will be handled. And so
we're watching the ongoing case. [I
knew from the first moment I looked in Putin's eyes....of course there are
[Imagine arresting an oil baron when you can
simply appoint him. I've talked with Vladimir
about this but he just doesn't get it.]