Thursday, January 10, 2008

Absurdity of Bush In The West Bank - Coup de Grace

OK, Here's Bush's world. "What am I going to have as a legacy?" Iraq? loser. War on Terror? You can't even name the enemy or even comprehend Islam. Amnesty? "I'll see you at the signing!" Lesser Jihad Against Israel? Whose side are you on?

It is not so absurd that Bush is probably spending close to a $100,000,000 on his photo-op excursion to the West Bank, but this protection is needed for him to fight FOR the Palestinians to get their state, contiguous no less, and propose COMPENSATION for the Palestinians who won't be allowed to return to Israel. Oh and WE get to pay for it! Searching for a legacy...oh he will get his legacy, his final judgment in the history of America if we ever recover from the absurdity of Bush.

Debka via LibertyPost -

Bush’s 1,500-strong Secret Service unit occupies PA government center in Ramallah for his visit
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Published: Jan 10, 2008
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Post Date: 2008-01-10 21:35:35 by Magician


Bush’s 1,500-strong Secret Service unit occupies Palestinian government center in Ramallah for his first visit

The US Secret Service virtually took over the Palestinian Authority’s seat of government in Ramallah, enforcing unheard-of security measures for President George W. Bush’s talks with Mahmoud Abbas and PM Salam Fayyad Thursday, Jan. 10. Compared with US-Israeli security cooperation for the president’s first day in Israel, the US force cut Palestinian security officials out of the loop. Armed with an amazing arsenal of hardware and electronics, they cordoned the Ramallah government center off with a one-kilometer deep “sterile zone” - closed even to the Palestinian presidential guard and the media, except for a pool. Abbas’ office furniture was replaced with American products.

US officers barred entry to the Palestinian government center except for persons appearing on their list, albeit minus bodyguards. Only Abbas and Fayyad will be allowed small personal contingents of listed guards.

Top-secret security measures were also enforced in Bethlehem ahead of the president’s visit to the Church of the Nativity.

The US president politely refused Abbas’ personal request to lay a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah mausoleum because of his timetable.

Our military sources report that arrangements are in place on the West Bank to whisk the president out of harm’s way at zero notice if necessary.

A security official told DEBKAfile: “This is Hamas’ and Jihad Islami’s big chance to get at a top American target and demonstrate their clout on the West Bank too. They are not alone. At least one faction of Abbas’ Fatah has also threatened the visit.”

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