Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Art of Selling Lemons

Gee, I thought I had heard of everything. But no! The Bush Administration continues utterly to amaze me. I just read an Associated Press article that reports that Dubya has nominated Karen Hughes for a position in the State Department designed “to change Islamic perceptions about the United States”.

Talk about an impossible job!

I can just hear the sales pitch. “Hi there. We just want you to know that we are the good guys. We don’t mean you any ill will.” [muffled explosion in the background] “Pay no attention to the bombs and missiles blowing up your countrymen. It’s only a little collateral damage”. [wink, wink…impish smile]

When will these people get a clue? The best way to shore up our reputation in the Islamic world is to QUIT attacking them AND supporting every move made by the Israelis. If we ONLY changed these two things, a great deal of the vitriolic hate we are engendering would evaporate.

The creation of this position – Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy – typifies the hucksterism so pervasive in the World of Bush. It’s all about putting a “happy face” spin on dastardly actions.

Still, I guess, it’s consistent with the Dubya mentality. If this administration can convince a significant number of Americans that the No Child Left Behind initiative is not REALLY leaving thousands upon thousands of children behind, why can’t they convince the Islamic world that killing and maiming thousands of their people isn’t just another way of saying, “I love you”?

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