Monday :: Dec 10, 2007

Bush figures out how to improve America's image, abroad!


by Turkana

No, he's not going to suddenly cooperate with the rest of the world on global warming, nor is he going to suddenly decide to abide by international laws that ban torture. Rather, as the Associated Press reports:

President Bush intends to name a well-known conservative commentator and journalist to lead the State Department's struggling efforts to improve the U.S.'s image abroad, replacing long-time confidante Karen Hughes, who is leaving government by the end of the year, The Associated Press has learned.

Bush plans to tap James K. Glassman, now chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice of America, to be the new undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, administration officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made.

Have I mentioned that Bush can never see past the political games, and recognize that policies actually matter? Chris Matthews and his ilk tell us that Bush is actually a smart guy, because he understands the game of politics. The game, however, as Bush plays it, requires no better than an average junior high level intelligence to master. In its Mayberry Machiavellian essence, it comes down to this: cheat, steal, and if you get caught, lie. It only works because the corporate media's propaganda enables it to. Where they hold no sway, it fails. Hence, international opinion.

The previous undersecretary, longtime Bush fixer and protector, Karen Hughes, spent money and added more people who speak Arabic to help catapult the spin, but, astonishingly, it didn't work. The polls didn't change. They still hate us.

Earlier this year, a Pew Research Center survey said the unpopular Iraq war is a persistent drag on the U.S. image and has helped push favorable opinion of the U.S. in Muslim Indonesia, for instance, from 75 percent in 2000 to just 30 percent last year.

Yeah. That. Can't do anything about that. That has to do with policy. Not Bush's strong suit. A different messenger for the same old message, though- that'll do the trick!

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