BUSH 41 ON BUSH 43

Interesting piece in Newsweek: A Father̢۪s Words on Going to War. As always, Bush Sr. is a man of terrific class:

What burns me up now are these statements that are critical of the president and of Colin Powell—â€failed diplomacy.†The problem they face is so different and so much bigger that I think any comparison is just night and day. It seems to be au courant, if you’ll excuse my knowledge of French, having studied it for 11 years, but I don’t agree with it. I think when history is written people are going to find some very interesting things about the French position. And I’m annoyed at the German position. I don’t talk about it publicly, but I know a lot of German people not in the coalition government with Schroder who are very, very upset about the position of their government.

And, this, the line of the year:

Q: What do you think is going on with France?

A: [Pause] They̢۪re French.

Read the whole thing.

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