Another Lebanese political assassination, another empty political remark from George W. Bush:

Bush said the United States backed Lebanese efforts to “defend their democracy against attempts by Syria, Iran and allies to foment instability and violence in that important country.”

I like how he lists those countries against whom Lebanon can self-defend. The subtext being that they can just roll over if Israel comes a-knockin’; last time that happened he rush-shipped a bunch of guided missiles to Israel. But then, Dubya has long shown a tenuous grasp on the concept of “defending democracy.”

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