Of all the tragically embarrassing moments of the Bush Presidency -this exchange today has to be near the top of the list.
Q Thank you, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you here. I'm a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.
THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)
Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)
Crooks & Liars has the video clip. You have to see it for the full impact. I think the young woman asking the question is more qualified to be President than this Jack Ass. Three years into this war and he can't answer the question. In fact he acts as if this is the first time he has ever heard it.
Isn't this one of the fundamental questions that he should have been asking his architects of the war.
Oh yeah, that's right, Bush doesn't ever ask any questions. Not when the storm of the century is bearing down on a U.S. city and certainly not when he is sending paid civilian mercenarys into battle. He's pathetic and his lack of curiosity is making the world even more dangerous.