I haven't been on Bush in a while. Either I'm losing my steam, I'm too focused on the Dem battle and how Clinton supporters are ruining America, or Bush has been on his best behavior lately.
I can at least rule out the last option.
This weekend, when asked about the ongoing global food crisis, somebody unfortunately allowed your Commander-InComptent to respond. His answer was simple: Blame India. Said the President regarding India:
When you start getting wealth, you start demanding better nutrition and better food. And so demand is high, and that causes the price to go up.
As to be expected, people around the world are pissed.
If I can digress for a moment, I'd like to happily annouce that I've lost 31lbs this month on a diet I've been on. But -- and getting back to the point of this post -- just by virtue of the fact that I'm in a position where weight loss is even an option, I'd hardly say that the food crisis is fault of poorer nations. Yet, your President can't seem to understand that notion.
The President's comments are another sad example of the audacious and brazen acknowledgment of the arrogant 'leadership' in the Western world. The ability of the West to flourish is overwhelmingly predicated on a certain level of plundering of smaller, poorer nations. Whether by neo-colonialism, hegemonic policies, or simply being the proverbial "fat cat", industrialized nations need to accept their role in this and stop blaming poor folks for everything wrong in the world. I liken this to the fat kid blaming the paper thin kid for all the food being gone.
This type of pillaging has become a calling card of sorts for some of the world's leading nations. As such, deflecting the blame is certainly not the way for us to strategically position ourselves in a global market. Yet, that's the idea being conveyed by Bush.
This is why somebody seriously needs to cut this dude's microphone off. Or perhaps we can just stick some food in his mouth to shut him up. I'm just sayin...