Friday, March 04, 2005

A Fine Interview with President Bush

President Bush sat down with the New York Post editorial board yesterday. Their report of the interview is here. The whole thing is a good read, but my favorite excerpt is this set of comments about Bush's clear demand that Syria get completely out of Lebanon:

He stressed that time has run out for Syria to play its old game of haggling over which troops will get pulled out or how far they will go.

"When the United States says something, it must mean it. That's what I meant when I said, 'Remove all your troops,' not remove 94 percent of them," the president said.

"Totally out of Lebanon — and that's very important for [Syrian] President Assad to hear. And it's more than just troops. I keep emphasizing this, but it's important for the world to understand that a Lebanon that is able to express itself freely at the ballot box needs to have no Syrian secret service."

How refreshing. Can you imagine John Kerry or Al Gore or Bill Clinton saying such things at all, let alone with the same level of credibility?


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