Thursday, September 29, 2005

A New Strategy

Karen Hughes, our nation's Undersecretary of State tasked with making us look less threatening and evil to the Arab world, appears to have adopted a new strategy in her career-long effort to make George W. Bush look less dumb -- she's decided to be even stupider than he is.
Sidney Blumenthal provides an account in Salon of Ms. Hughes' first trip to the Mideast in her new role. The article is both hilarious and frightening. Read it. Here is an excerpt:
"Many people around the world do not understand the important role that faith plays in Americans' lives," she said. When an Egyptian opposition leader inquired why President Bush mentions God in his speeches, she asked him "whether he was aware that previous American presidents have also cited God, and that our Constitution cites 'one nation under God.' He said, 'Well, never mind.'"

The phrase cited by Ms. Hughes never, of course, appears in the U. S. Constitution. Even the second-graders who have to recite it daily know that it was added to the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE in 1954, to distinguish our fair people from the Godless Soviets.
But apparently that bit of history escaped the bovine Ms. Hughes.