How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

MoJoBlog watches 60 minutes so that you didn't have to miss 24:

Bush Says Iraqis Not Grateful EnoughThat's what he just said on 60 Minutes.

SCOTT PELLEY: Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job?
BUSH: That we didn't do a better job or they didn't do a better job?
PELLEY: Well, that the United States did not do a better job in providing security after the invasion.
BUSH: Not at all. I am proud of the efforts we did. We liberated that country from a tyrant. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude, and I believe most Iraqis express that. I mean, the people understand that we've endured great sacrifice to help them. That's the problem here in America. They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that's significant enough in Iraq.
PELLEY: Americans wonder whether . . .
BUSH: Yeah, they wonder whether or not the Iraqis are willing to do hard work.

Here's a question for Emily Post: What level of gratitude is appropriate when your country has been invaded under false pretenses, tens of thousands of your fellow citizens have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have fled the country due to the very real fear of assasination? Will a muffin basket do it?

Not to be too picky, but hundreds of thousands have been killed and well over a million have fled.

So how about you? How grateful would you be if your country was invaded, your (admittedly execrable) leader deposed, your family members killed and tortured, your economy destroyed, and your life made unbearable? What the hell is wrong with these Iraqis anyway? Where is that gratitude?


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