As you know, Bush was just in the middle east pushing his facade of a middle east Peace initiative. His intrusion into the middle east to attack Iran guaranteed that their would be no peace only war and it is just beginning. The latest on his middle east breakdown then his futile desperate threat to Saudi Arabia to save the mess he has created of our economy!
First An explosion ripped through a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday as it traveled along a coastal highway north of Beirut, killing four Lebanese civilian bystanders, according to American and Lebanese officials. Four Lebanese civilians were killed in the blast, which happened around 4:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m. ET), according to McCormack and Lebanese Cabinet minister Marwan Hamadeh. An American, an Iraqi and three Lebanese were among those wounded in the blast, said a Western diplomatic source. The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation said 20 were injured, including several who were treated at the scene for minor wounds. The attack happened during "a major political crisis" in Lebanon, which has been without a president for nearly eight weeks amid a bitter political feud.
"This explosion just exacerbates a difficult situation," spokesman Chatah told CNN. Tuesday's blast appears to be the latest in a series of attacks against pro-Western, anti-Syrian targets in the Lebanese capital. Most recently, an explosion in Beirut's Christian suburb of Baabda killed Brig. Gen. Francois Al-Hajj, the head of operations for the Lebanese army, and his bodyguard on December 12 Al-Hajj was believed to be a top candidate to take over as army commander in the event current commander Gen. Michel Suleiman was elected to replace Emile Lahoud as president. Lebanon has been in the midst of a political crisis as pro- and anti-Syrian lawmakers in parliament are locked in a battle to elect a new president. Lebanon just one of Bush's guaranteed failures
This is entirely Bush's fault but is only one piece of Bush's created middle east Breakdown. Bush's supposed successful Democratization program set the stage for this crisis. Also at the same time Bush is instigating war with Iran Palestinians are mourning their dead and Mahmoud Abbas is calling the 19 or so killed a massacre by Israel. At least 16 Palestinians, mostly members of the military wing of Hamas, were killed in Gaza on Tuesday by Israeli army fire, according to hospital officials there, and a volunteer from Ecuador working a kibbutz field on the Israeli side of the border fence was killed by sniper fire from Gaza, Israeli military officials and witnesses said.
On Tuesday afternoon, a rocket fired from Gaza landed on a road in southern Ashkelon, an Israeli coastal city of 120,000, causing no casualties. The escalation in violence came a day after Israeli negotiators and Palestinian counterparts representing the West Bank leadership started peace talks, and after the prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, seemed to rule out the immediate prospect of a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Mr. Olmert told the Parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee on Monday that “it is highly advisable not to become entangled in operations and cost that are not in proportion to the pressures that we are facing.”
The military wing of Hamas, known as the Qassam Brigades, issued a statement on Tuesday claiming credit for killing the volunteer. Among the dead in Gaza was a son of Mahmoud Zahar, a senior leader of Hamas. The son, Husam Zahar, 21, was a Qassam member, and was killed in an Israeli air strike on the car in which he was traveling, according to Taher Nunu, a spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza. The Israeli army moved about a mile inside Gaza before dawn on Tuesday in what a military spokesman called “a routine operation to distance terrorists from the fence,” as well as the threat of rocket and mortar shell fire aimed at the forces and Israeli civilian communities along the border. As well as the ground operation, the Army spokesman said, the air force carried out three separate strikes against a mortar shell launching squad; a car carrying armed militants; and two armed Palestinians spotted on the ground.
Bush is getting the credit for giving Israel the green light for the attack. that is going to go a long way in gaining peace in the middle east I'm sure! While Bush's success in the middle east is exploding around him the idiot today was threatening the Saudi's with being responsible if the mess he has created if our economy tanks. President Bush used his visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to push for increased oil production to help the U.S. economy by forcing fuel costs down.
"Oil prices are very high, which is tough on our economy," Bush said on the second day of his visit to the Islamic kingdom -- one of the key members of the OPEC oil cartel. "I would hope, as OPEC considers different production levels, that they understand that if ... one of their biggest consumers' economy suffers, it will mean less purchases, less gas and oil sold," Bush said. Saudi King Abdullah huddled with Bush on Monday night, and the two leaders were to meet again Tuesday. "We've got a lot of things to talk about, but I want to assure you it's in the spirit of friendship," Bush said. The president also was expected to attend a "Roundtable with Saudi Entrepreneurs" hosted at the U.S. Embassy. Saudi Arabia is the fifth of a six-nation tour of Middle East nations that Bush began last week aimed at garnering support for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and shoring up regional security against terrorism.
Top Iranian officials have slammed Bush's Mideast tour -- one of them saying the American leader was attempting to stir up "Iranophobia," a state-run Iranian news agency reported. Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency on Monday cited the comments of Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Ala'eddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. Bush, in a speech Sunday in Abu Dhabi, labeled Iran as the "world's leading sponsor of terror" and asked allies to join the United States in confronting Iran "before it's too late." Bush threatens Saudi Arabia for his mess
You know Iran is right and Bush's instigation will only serve to further the cause for middle east war. The guy just can't be this stupid! But threatening Saudi Arabia saying they would be responsible if we can't make purchases if they do not sell is more oil is another low even for him. He refuses to see what he has done to our economy. He refuses to force oil companies here to build new Refineries! Why should they unless forced. They are the bottle neck keeping prices artificially high not the Saudi's. Bush has got to stop his smug ignorance and stupidity. He created all this trouble here, in the middle east, and around the world, and he wants to blame it on everyone else and charge them with fixing the problems he has created!
This is too true to be very funny The next time you hear a politician use the Word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about Whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, But one advertising agency did a good job of Putting that figure into some perspective in One of its releases.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were Living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
. Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?
A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you Each gets $516,528.
B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family Gets $2,066,012.Washington, D.C... HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??
*Tax his land,Tax his wage,Tax his bed in which he lays.Tax his tractor,Tax his mule,Teach him taxes are the rule.Tax his cow,Tax his goat, Tax his pants,Tax his coat.Tax his ties,Tax his shirts,Tax his work,Tax his dirt.Tax his tobacco,Tax his drink,Tax him if he tries to think.Tax his booze,Tax his beers, If he cries,Tax his tears.Tax his bills,Tax his gas,Tax his notes,Tax his cash.Tax him good and let him knowThat after taxes, he has no dough.If he hollers,Tax him more, Tax him until he's good and sore.Tax his coffin,Tax his grave,Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,'Taxes drove me to my doom!'And when he's gone,We won't relax,We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, CDL License Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Dog License Tax, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax. Fuel Permit Tax, Gasoline Tax, Hunting License Tax, Inheritance Tax, Inventory Tax, IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fe e Tax,Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
**STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, And our nation was the most prosperous in the world.We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!' And I still have to 'press 1' for English.