Relating to the recent pics of GWB hanging out in the Saudi weathering yard, Anne found this post by “BWildered” at the liberal blogsite Daily Kos:
“Were you, like me, treated to an Abu Dhabi photo-op? Abu Dhabi royals introducing George W Bush to the arts and sciences of falconry.
Where are the sharp-eyed falcons of the American media? Why was the irony of the moment not an issue.
Ronald Reagan, rather than admit an error, proceeded with a visit to a war cemetary [sic] in Bitburg, Germany that contained among others, the remains of some SS officers. However, our media caught on to the issue and made it a lead story for days. The very word Bitburg is GOP code for a media relations boo-boo.
And so why is falconry in Abu Dhabi a new Bitburg?”
In answering, BWildered cites various sources to substantiate the claim that the US military declined an opportunity to launch a missile strike against Osama bin Laden while he was hawking (or as BWildered insists, “falconing”) with members of the Saudi royal family.
BWildered is, well, bewildered that the media would miss mentioning this: “…it goes without passing note that George Bush goes for falconing lessons with a royal family whose affinity-members include Osama bin Laden’s falconing partners.”
Maybe we just didn’t want to blow up our allies?
Anyway, Steve has another theory….
Steve here. Could the whacky conspiracists at Kos be reading a novel as reality? Charles McCarry’s 2004 Old Boys seems to have the same plot. As I wrote back then on my website:
“Old Boys mixes a cast of aging spies from such works as The Tears of Autumn and Second Sight with just a touch of the humor from McCarry’s Clinton satire Lucky Bastard and sets them loose in Russia and Central Asia on the trail of a vengeful old sheikh who has atomic weapons. Falconers may be interested to find that the migration routes of the houbara, the Arab falconer’s traditional quarry, are a key “clue”. They and Central Asia hands might find this one the most interesting; others might want to try the earlier novels first. Tears of Autumn may be the best of all the Cold war novels, and the least known of the three best….”
FWIW, I added: “…it rests on a body of work I prefer to, say, John Le Carre’s. McCarry’s books are more nuanced, informed I suspect by more knowledge of the covert trade, and– unlike recent LeCarre— he’s on our side, which to me shows a more sophisticated grasp of the issues.”
Is life imitating fiction?