President George W. Bush spent the last week pointlessly tooling about the Middle East trash-talking Barack Obama and vainly pleading with the Saudis to pump more oil — and scolding the Arabs to be more democratic, even as he maintains his sanctions against the Palestinians for exercising their democratic right to choose their own leaders. (Never mind, nobody in the region takes him seriously, anyway, so these little inconsistencies don’t really matter…) But the most consistent message Bush muttered everywhere was that Iran was trying to dominate the Middle East, and had to be resisted.
Turns out that some of Bush’s talking points are the same as Osama bin Laden’s. In his latest message, the Qaeda leader excoriates Hizballah (a little professional jealousy, there, Osama?) and accuses Iran of “trying to dominate the Middle East”…. You can be sure that if a civil war does, in fact, kick off in Lebanon, that Bush and Bin Laden will find themselves fighting on the same side, just like Afghanistan in the 1980s… Funny old world, eh?