“The president is on vacation...down at the ranch riding his bicycle and clearing brush. The death toll for Americans has streaked past the 1,800 mark. The Iraqi dead are counted by the tens of thousands. [I]f Mr. Bush has experienced any regret about the carnage he set in motion when he launched the war, he's not showing it...Ensconced in his long vacation, [Bush] exemplifies the vacuum of leadership on this crucial issue.”While here in Bangkok I have tried to get some sense of the Thais’ feelings about the war in Iraq and about George Bush. Most Thais are quite careful in responding, clearly not wanting to offend. But one woman captured it well in her slightly broken English: “Whole world hate Bush.”
This story was published on August 15, 2005.