Interesting story in yesterday's NY Times (one that actually is true too). Apparently, our President (well, actually, the President as I sure as hell take no responsibility for him) likes to only invite "like-minded" leaders to his Crawford ranch. As a reward then for agreeing with everything Bush wants to do and kissing his butt all over the place, you get to visit the President's ranch (although I'm not exactly sure this should be considered a reward). So, Tony Blair can come visit anytime he wants. Same with the Prime Minister of Australia or Spain. Not to mention the leader of our erstwhile ally Saudi Arabia. Foreign leaders who are not invited to the ranch include those who currently run France and Germany.
It is also true (and sadly, I can't find a link to validate this) that the President hasn't even really talked to Jaques Chirac for months, even way before the whole U.N. spat, a fate also held by one Gerhard Schroeder. In the upcoming G8 summit, to be held in Evian France, it is expected that the President will spend "as little face to face time" as possible with those dastardly French and German leaders. In fact I heard somewhere (well, actually The Daily Show) that Bush was even considering spending most of the time in Geneva Switzerland, conveniently located right across the way from Evian and not in France.
All of this is coming at a time when our Congress (who, by the way, forget to add a tax credit for low-income children in the latest tax bill- ooops) is seriously talking about having sanctions against France. And Colin Powell has been out threatening France with "serious consequences" for having the gall (get it, gall? Gaul? Oh, nevermind) to stand against us.
In other words, we don't really have a foriegn policy anymore. We have Heathers
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