Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Load the Torpedos, Rummy!

[[J E A L O U S Y]] * The New York Daily News reports today that George W. Bush “once daydreamed about blasting Bill Clinton’s presidential library to smithereens.” Quoting from a new book, How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime, written by journalist and former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, the newspaper recounts “a November 2004 visit by Bush and his political guru Karl Rove to the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark., on the banks of the Arkansas River.”
“Bush appeared distracted and glanced repeatedly at his watch,” Blumenthal writes about a presidential tour during the library’s dedication. “When he stopped to gaze at the river, where Secret Service agents were stationed in boats, the guide said: ‘Usually, you might see some bass fishermen out there.’ Bush replied: ‘A submarine could take this place out.’”

The author muses: “Was the President warning of an Al Qaeda submarine, sneaking undetected up the Mississippi, through the locks and dams of the Arkansas River, surfacing under the bridge to the 21st century to dispatch the Clinton Library? Is that where Osama Bin Laden is hiding? Or was this a wishful paranoid fantasy of ubiquitous terrorism destroying Clinton’s legacy with one blow?”
By this, can we presume that when Bush gets around to building his own super-sized presidential library, it’ll be located in a bunker, to protect it from both phantom terrorists and future resentful presidents? Or maybe he can construct it in one of Dick Cheney’s infamous “undisclosed locations”? That’d be doing us all a favor.

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