Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously.Bush in Deep Doo-Doo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously.Bush in Deep Doo-Doo

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Recent revelations about some of the gifts to top US officials from foreign dignitaries have created a bit of a stir. But while we can wonder what prompted Saudi Prince Faisal to give Colin Powell a $25,000 Bulgari necklace in 2004 and worry about the implications, Seriously is far more interested in the obscurer items on the US State Department's list of official prezzies from 'foreign government sources' - and what their underlying meaning might be.

For example, US President George W Bush received a small cache of weaponry in the form of a $10,000-sniper rifle and 11 antique handguns from King Abdullah of Jordan. Praise for the War on Terror? Or a hope that Cheney will take Bush out on another accident-prone hunting trip? One clue might be that along with the arsenal, the King also sent samples of 'fertilizer'. The list didn't specify what type of fertilizer, but we've got some idea what might be in those jars 'held on a 12" x 15" wooden revolving display' on the President's mantelpiece. …

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