December 03, 2003


You know, as much as I admire George W. Bush, even I have to admit that sometimes he sounds like a fool:

Iran is a more complex problem because the problem support as clearly verifiable as it is in North Korea. Also, we have less-fewer levers much the key, I believe, to Iran is pressure through the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union is supplying much of the equipment that Iran, I believe, most likely is using to set itself along the path of developing nuclear weapons. We need to use that leverage with the Soviet Union and it may require us to buying the equipment the Soviet Union was ultimately going to sell to Iran to prevent Iran from them developing nuclear weapons.

Try to work out that first sentence. Or, for that matter, the second. “Require us to buying” is classic Bushspeak. And hey, Mr. President, the Soviet Union? Read any newspapers in the past ten years?

UPDATE. Oops! My silly mistake. Bush didn’t say these things at all. Howard Dean did. Who could have guessed that someone besides Bush might be so verbally maladroit? Maybe Ted Rall will withdraw his endorsement.

(Via LGF.)

Posted by Tim Blair at December 3, 2003 12:39 PM

Hmmm. I saw that rather incoherent thought attributed to none other than Bush-hater in chief Howard Dean. Here's a link to the transcript, about two-thirds of the way down:

Posted by: Laura at December 3, 2003 at 12:50 PM

Nice job -- but will most readers get the joke?

Many politicians mangle their delivery, but it's what Dean actually appears to believe (about buying off Russia on Iranian nuke proliferation, media ownership, regulation) and his readiness to lie or bluster (Bush gubernatorial records) his way out of a tight spot that are unimpressive.

He also seems to be flirting with Clark-esque wacko conspiracy innuendo (Bush suppressing pre-9/11 warnings from S. Arabia) -- though he just comes off looking sleazy or reckless, while Wesley looks downright weird.

I look forward to a spirited debate in '04 over policy towards the Soviet Union .....

Posted by: IceCold at December 3, 2003 at 12:53 PM

Tim, I saw that quote attributed to Howard Dean today...via opinion journal "best of the web"...(Sorry, I dont know how to link).

Posted by: debbie at December 3, 2003 at 12:53 PM

here's my new nickname for sneaky Dean: "Howard the Duck."

Posted by: ff at December 3, 2003 at 12:57 PM

here's my new nickname for sneaky Dean: "Howard the Duck."

Posted by: ff at December 3, 2003 at 12:57 PM

It was Dean, not Dubya. I'm assuming Tim did it this way as a nice slam at the idiotic Slate feature on Bush-isms. Either way, the point's made.

Posted by: IceCold at December 3, 2003 at 12:57 PM

Except that when Howard the Duck ran for President, he was much more articulate than Howard Dean, if the above quote is anything to go by...

Posted by: TimT at December 3, 2003 at 02:30 PM


Bronx ________1,332,650
Brooklyn _____2,465,326
Manhattan ____1,537,195
Queens _______2,229,379
Staten Island __443,728
Total NYC_____7,071,639


Dean is former governor of Vermont, elected to five consecutive two-year terms, total of ten years. He has had no other politically significant experience in government.

NYC numbers:
Vermont number:

Posted by: ForNow at December 3, 2003 at 02:59 PM

THis is nothing. Tip of the iceberg. He is also a metrosexual (whatever that is). He wants to appeal to the remnants of the Confederacy,(Last Confederate died out about the time the dead Soviet Union was born.) You all see this Soviet Union blurb as a terrible blunder from a fool. I see it as a 140 year jump forward for a fool. Progress.

Posted by: papertiger at December 3, 2003 at 06:11 PM

Dean went on to say that our occupation of Mesopotamia would adversely affect our relations with the Ottoman Empire.

Posted by: Bud Norton at December 3, 2003 at 11:27 PM


Not only that, but as a certified "metrosexual," Dean further mentioned that Mesopotanian pottery would completely clash with the Ottoman architectural scheme. It would would be much better to occupy Malaysia, or perhaps a sub-Saharan Africian country, whose tones are softer, and would therefore provide a needed balance.

Posted by: Jerry at December 4, 2003 at 07:59 AM

Hey, you guys need to show some mercy. Some of us read this shit at work, and I just ruptured several internal organs trying not to laugh.

Yes, I'm talking to you, Jerry.

Posted by: Arnold at December 4, 2003 at 09:24 AM

Hey where was Chris Matthews while all this was spoken(sort of), better change to name of his show to softball.

Posted by: john at December 4, 2003 at 01:30 PM

Don't forget Sen. John Kerry's comment (made earlier this year) that the occupation of Iraq should be handed over to soldiers from "Muslim speaking countries."

Posted by: Sean at December 4, 2003 at 01:40 PM

And next he'll be talking about WMD in Iraq!

Posted by: florida at December 9, 2003 at 12:06 PM

Heya. Made this little picture right for my LiveJournal and thought you might enjoy it, given your topic. :)

Dean's Map of the World

Posted by: Cathaleon at December 14, 2003 at 07:37 AM