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Friday, June 23, 2006

.....Bush is a Communist......

I don't know why I even bother listening NPR. Hannity wasn't on, not that I think he's that great, anyway. So I switched over to NPR just to prove tomyself that I'm an open-minded individual.

My open-mindedness was rewarded with a 10-minute story bashing President Bush. It led with a discussion on Bush's speech in Hungary, which made mention of the 1956 uprising:

"The desire for liberty is universal. In 1956, the Hungarian people suffered under a Communist dictatorship and domination by a foreign power. They called for an end to dictatorship, to censorship, and to the secret police."

But Bush's speech didn't impress Charles Gati, professor of European studies at Johns Hopkins. Something was missing from the president's speech: an apology. For what? The United States' inaction 50 years ago as Soviet tanks rolled through Budapest. Seems like I've heard this before.

Then there was commentary from Peter Klein, who compared insurgents in Hungary to insurgents in — you guessed it — Iraq. So logic dictates that if insurgents in Iraq are like insurgents in Hungary, then the U.S. is like the Soviet Union.

This is the Dixie Chicks in reverse. Natalie Maines criticized Bush while she was on foreign soil. This time the president was on foreign soil and Gati was criticizing him from home.

Is it too much to ask that we support our leader while he's abroad? Is it not remotely possible he was in Hungary to help make the world a better place?


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