In typical British understatement, the BBC reports:
With Bush now entering in his lame duck phase, he will be traveling throughout Europe to say the traditional diplomatic goodbyes.
Meanwhile: A poll by the UK's Daily Telegraph website in late May showed that in Britain, France, Germany and Russia, more people regarded the United States as a force for evil than for good. Only in Italy did the US fare better.
Although this new phase is much safer for all of us, than his "let's go fuck up the world phase", Bush's woes at home might just be starting.
Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Democratic lawmaker and former presidential candidate has presented articles of impeachment against Bush to Congress late Monday evening. From Raw News:
Kucinich then began, "that President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate. ...Obviously not many are expecting this impeachment to be successful as no one else has reported on it except Raw News & CSPAN.
The first article Kucinich presented, and many that followed, regarded the war in Iraq: "Article 1 - Creating a secret propaganda campaign to manufacture a false case for war against Iraq."
Kucinich exclaimed that "impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran."
And although Kucinich is more respected for selecting partners than stating policy, you can understand his concern about allowing Bush to continue his sabre rattling on this, his last trip to Europe.
Bush goes into his farewell European summit on Tuesday seeking to work with allies to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme but still at odds with them over climate change. The National Post.
I agree with Kucinich, keeping Bush at home is probably safer for the world and certainly less embarrassing for the US.
Hey there must still be a lot of brush that needs to be mowed down in Crawford. Or they could send him off hunting with Cheney in Vermont. Hell, he could even sneak in a few more rounds of golf in Florida. I'm sure the Gold Star mums won't mind, they want him to disappear as quickly and quietly as the rest of us do.